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Meaning of DIRGE

Pronunciation:  durj

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

DIRGE is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: coronach, lament, requiem, threnody
 See Also: keen, song



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dirge\, n. [Contraction of Lat. dirige, direct thou
(imperative of dirigere), the first word of a funeral hymn
(Lat. transl. of Psalm v. 8) beginning, ``Dirige, Domine, in
conspectu tuo vitam meam.'' See {Direct}, a., and cf.
A piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany
funeral rites; a funeral hymn.

      The raven croaked, and hollow shrieks of owls Sung
      dirges at her funeral.                   --Ford.

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