Definition of Dies Irae in English:

Dies Irae

Syllabification: Di·es I·rae
Pronunciation: /ˌdēās ˈirā


A Latin hymn formerly sung in a Mass for the dead.
More example sentences
  • Suddenly, it sounded as if we were in the middle of a Dies Irae, and the irony of the soloist was turned on its head.
  • The opening somber tones of the Introduction had the frightening intensity of a Dies Irae.
  • A memorial to the victims at Auschwitz, Dies Irae allows the singers and players to improvise according to their talents and abilities.


Latin, literally 'day of wrath' (the opening words of the hymn).

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