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dead march

a piece of solemn music for a funeral procession, especially one played at a military funeral.
Origin of dead march
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It is like the dead-march of a gnat amid the trumpeting of elephants and the roaring of lions.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • At last she seemed on the point of bursting into tears; and, suddenly changing the music, she began playing a dead-march.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for dead-march

dead march

a piece of solemn funeral music played to accompany a procession, esp at military funerals
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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