noun, plural threnodies.
a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song.

1615–25; < Greek thrēnōidía, equivalent to thrên(os) dirge + -ōid() song (see ode) + -ia -y3

threnodial [thri-noh-dee-uhl] , threnodic [thri-nod-ik] , adjective
threnodist [thren-uh-dist] , noun Unabridged
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threnody or threnode (ˈθrɛnədɪ, ˈθriː-, ˈθriːnəʊd, ˈθrɛn-)
n , pl threnodies, threnodes
an ode, song, or speech of lamentation, esp for the dead
[C17: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + ōidē song]
threnode or threnode
[C17: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + ōidē song]
threnodial or threnode
threnodic or threnode
threnodist or threnode

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Word Origin & History

"song of lamentation," 1634, from Gk. threnodia, from threnos "dirge, lament," + oide "ode." Gk. threnos probably is from a PIE imitative base meaning "to murmur, hum;" cf. O.E. dran "drone," Goth. drunjus "sound," Gk. tenthrene "a kind of wasp."
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Example sentences
By the time it comes to its sad end, it has the substance of a tender threnody.
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