- a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song.
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.Amis vs. "Two Bags of Silicone"
November 8, 2009
I never hated any piece of music as I came to hate that threnody of treason.Andersonville, Volume 3
In Maeterlinck's mimings there is something of the spirit of Walt Whitman's threnody.Iconoclasts
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
From below a new sound had been added to the threnody of the hills; a new note, grumbling and roaring, insistent and strong.The Plunderer
The subject of the threnody is a nymph of the name of Dido, whose identity can only be vaguely conjectured.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama
Walter W. Greg
threnode (ˈθriːnəʊd, ˈθrɛn-)
- an ode, song, or speech of lamentation, esp for the dead
Word Origin and History 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."