It was the knell of the architecture of Venice—and of Venice herself.
The signs, which certainly did look like signs of guilt, struck a knell on the heart of his father.
Strangely knell did not even look at the man he was about to denounce.
How often does the knell of vanished power repeat the lesson!
One feels one's self sinking gradually into one's grave, and the past tense sounds the knell of our illusions as to ourselves.
The volley which pierced his breast was the knell of the Bonaparte dynasty.
Lincoln's face was terrible in its strain, for the words "in the moment of victory" had rung the knell of his hopes.
The grave, sweet voice sounded on her ears as the knell of hope.
These words fell like the knell of doom: “All those top-knots must be cut off.”
Every line of Orlando should have sounded the knell of his fate in her ears.
Old English cnyll "sound made by a bell when struck or rung slowly," perhaps of imitative origin. The Welsh cnull "death-bell" appears to be a borrowing from English. For vowel evolution, see bury.
Old English cnyllan "to toll a bell; strike, knock," cognate with Middle High German erknellen "to resound," Old Norse knylla "to beat, thrash;" probably imitative. Related: Knelled; knelling.