Definition of dirge in English:


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Pronunciation: /dəːdʒ


  • 1A lament for the dead, especially one forming part of a funeral rite.
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    • What is ‘Danny Boy,’ after all, but a funeral dirge?
    • Mixing the ‘let freedom ring’ chorus in with the funeral dirge that is still ringing in the hearts of the victims' families is just shy of vile.
    • If you are one of the resort's pool of bankrupt songwriters but still have grave interests and tendencies, think about turning to writing dirges for funerals.
    elegy, lament, funeral song/chant, burial hymn, requiem, dead march; Irish & Scottish keen, coronach
  • 1.1A mournful song, piece of music, or sound: singers chanted dirges figurative the wind howled dirges around the chimney
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    • The winds howled their dirge about the rough-hewn stone dwellings huddled under the grim fortress of the Sorcerers who kept watch over the once-great plains of Kal Maros.
    • Mini's songs were neither dirges nor fight songs but soulful chants with melodies of promise.
    • It even has a hummable melody, as does ‘Mary’, the liveliest of her mournful dirges.
  • 1.2 informal A song or piece of music that is considered too slow, miserable, or boring: after his ten-minute dirge, the audience booed
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    • Hmmm, I thought,: ‘Maybe this time they won't have me pulling my eyelashes out one-by-one while listening to their Muzak funeral dirges.’
    • And a too jarring, ham-fisted, funeral dirge of a score by usually dependable composer Terence Blanchard doesn't help matters any.
    • The Dead C have been treading the same water since their inception in 1987 and their leaden, layered guitar-soaked dirges just feel tired up against the vibrancy of Konono.



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  • Beginning with a spliced viola whine that sounds redolent of a weedwhacker gone haywire, the song features an unflinching drum rhythm that starts entropic, before being finally pinioned by a dirgeful bassline.
  • On the gorgeous closer ‘Crawling by Numbers,’ she similarly warms up the chorus with a beautiful reach - the juxtaposition of her voice with the song's dirgeful strings making for a mesmerizing finale.
  • Over the course of forty minutes and six movements Foon and Cawdron et al provide a dirgeful opus of clevises, cowbells, and weeping, sawing strings; a cycle of loss - a soundtrack to the world's end.


Middle English (denoting the Office for the Dead): from Latin dirige! (imperative) 'direct!', the first word of an antiphon (Ps. 5:8) formerly used in the Latin Office for the Dead.

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