Dies Irae

Dies Irae

[dee-eys eer-ey]
noun
a Latin hymn on the Day of Judgment, commonly sung in a Requiem Mass.
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Dies Irae (ˈdiːeɪz ˈɪəraɪ)
 
n
1.  Christianity a famous Latin hymn of the 13th century, describing the Last Judgment. It is used in the Mass for the dead
2.  a musical setting of this hymn, usually part of a setting of the Requiem
 
[literally: day of wrath]

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dies irae

(Latin: "Day of Wrath"), the opening words of a Latin hymn on the Last Judgment, ascribed to Thomas of Celano (d. c. 1256) and once forming part of the office for the dead and requiem mass.

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