noun, plural thren·o·dies.
- thresh out,
- thresher shark
Origin of threnody
Examples from the Web for threnody
Personally I reckon “Threnody” will give even Jordan 's page-turners a run for their money.
The most famous as well as the most powerful and original of Bion's poems remaining to us is the threnody upon Adonis.Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4|Charles Dudley Warner
The Finale is a threnody, one of overpowering grief, the motto of which might be "vanity of vanities, all is vanity."Music: An Art and a Language|Walter Raymond Spalding
I never hated any piece of music as I came to hate that threnody of treason.Andersonville, Volume 3|John McElroy
But the ode, in a more or less irregular form, whether pan or threnody, has been the instrument of several of our leading lyrists.Victorian Songs|Various
The Threnody, written after the death of a deeply loved child, is a beautiful and impressive lament.Critical Miscellanies, Vol. 1, Essay 5, Emerson|John Morley
threnode (ˈθriːnəʊd, ˈθrɛn-)
noun plural threnodies or threnodes
Word Origin for threnody
"song of lamentation," 1630s, from Greek threnodia, from threnos "dirge, lament" + oide "ode" (see ode). Greek threnos probably is from a PIE imitative root meaning "to murmur, hum;" cf. Old English dran "drone," Gothic drunjus "sound," Greek tenthrene "a kind of wasp."