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monody

[mon-uh-dee] /ˈmɒn ə di/
noun, plural monodies.
1.
a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament.
2.
a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another's death; threnody.
3.
Music.
  1. a style of composition in which one part or melody predominates; homophony, as distinguished from polyphony.
  2. a piece in this style.
  3. monophony (def 1).
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Late Latin monōdia < Greek monōidía a solo, monody, equivalent to monōid(ós) singing alone (see mon-, ode) + -ia -y3
Related forms
monodist
[mon-uh-dist] /ˈmɒn ə dɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for monody

monody

/ˈmɒnədɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(in Greek tragedy) an ode sung by a single actor
2.
any poem of lament for someone's death
3.
(music) a style of composition consisting of a single vocal part, usually with accompaniment
Derived Forms
monodic (mɒˈnɒdɪk), monodical, adjective
monodically, adverb
monodist, noun
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek monōidia, from mono- + aeidein to sing
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