Definition of threnody in English:



  • A lament.

    • ‘This track is a threnody - contemplative, measured and stately in progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His threnody captured the awful essence of untimely death in early-twentieth-century black societies that prized marriage and reproduction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the close, he switches back to the minor, violins softly reiterating the sad opening motive like a threnody of distilled passion.’
    wail, wailing, lamentation, moan, moaning, groan, weeping, crying, sob, sobbing, keening, howl, complaint
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Mid 17th century: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos wailing + ōidē song.