Definition of threnody in English:

threnody

noun

  • A lament.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the close, he switches back to the minor, violins softly reiterating the sad opening motive like a threnody of distilled passion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This track is a threnody - contemplative, measured and stately in progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘The second movement is an eerie threnody, while the third manages almost to resolve the emotional trauma of the first.’
    wail, wailing, lamentation, moan, moaning, groan, weeping, crying, sob, sobbing, keening, howl, complaint
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos ‘wailing’ + ōidē ‘song’.

Pronunciation

threnody

/ˈθrɛnədi//ˈTHrenədē/