Definition of threnody in English:



  • A lament.

    ‘a brooding threnody to urban desolation’
    • ‘Considered over a lifetime, written by a dying old man in the remnants of his ducal palace in Palermo, it is a threnody to a fallen patrician class.’
    • ‘At the close, he switches back to the minor, violins softly reiterating the sad opening motive like a threnody of distilled passion.’
    • ‘‘Birth Of An Object’ sounds out a manual poetry of machinic stanzas, marking the persistence of the industrial age in forgotten shop floors still grinding out indistinct objects, a sort of industrial threnody.’
    • ‘This dazzling facade is not, however, what makes Elgar a great composer: for his mature works turn out to be threnodies on Edwardian opulence and might.’
    • ‘His threnody captured the awful essence of untimely death in early-twentieth-century black societies that prized marriage and reproduction.’
    • ‘Thomson's memorial poem to the Lord Chancellor, dedicated to William Talbot, is as much a work of political opposition as it is a threnody.’
    • ‘This track is a threnody - contemplative, measured and stately in progress.’
    • ‘In spite of being denied even the predictable weepy-eyed juvenile threnodies for the local TV news, many parents expressed disappointment with the school closure.’
    • ‘It is a mournful threnody, measuring to the final cost the waste and destruction caused by the edenic myths of California that have defined it throughout its existence.’
    • ‘The second movement is an eerie threnody, while the third manages almost to resolve the emotional trauma of the first.’
    • ‘The love poem has turned into something else with the death of the beloved, the acute sadness in the poem seeming to move it toward the elegy or threnody.’
    • ‘In three sections (two large ones sandwiching a short middle), it begins with a threnody in the solo viola over an accompaniment in the lower instruments, with commentary by other orchestral soloists.’
    wail, wailing, lamentation, moan, moaning, groan, weeping, crying, sob, sobbing, keening, howl, complaint
    lament, dirge, requiem, elegy, funeral chant, funeral song, burial hymn, dead march, keen, plaint, knell
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Mid 17th century: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos ‘wailing’ + ōidē ‘song’.