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threnody

[thren-uh-dee] /ˈθrɛn ə di/
noun, plural threnodies.
1.
a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, especially for the dead; dirge; funeral song.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Greek thrēnōidía, equivalent to thrên(os) dirge + -ōid() song (see ode) + -ia -y3
Related forms
threnodial
[thri-noh-dee-uh l] /θrɪˈnoʊ di əl/ (Show IPA),
threnodic
[thri-nod-ik] /θrɪˈnɒd ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
threnodist
[thren-uh-dist] /ˈθrɛn ə dɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • By the time it comes to its sad end, it has the substance of a tender threnody.
British Dictionary definitions for threnody

threnody

/ˈθrɛnədɪ; ˈθriː-/
noun (pl) threnodies, threnodes
1.
an ode, song, or speech of lamentation, esp for the dead
Derived Forms
threnodial (θrɪˈnəʊdɪəl), threnodic (θrɪˈnɒdɪk) adjective
threnodist (ˈθrɛnədɪst; ˈθriː-) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos dirge + ōidē song
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Word Origin and History for threnody
n.

"song of lamentation," 1630s, from Greek threnodia, from threnos "dirge, lament" + oide "ode" (see ode). Greek threnos probably is from a PIE imitative root meaning "to murmur, hum;" cf. Old English dran "drone," Gothic drunjus "sound," Greek tenthrene "a kind of wasp."

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