Definition of threnody in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈTHrenədē/

noun (plural threnodies)

A lament.
Example sentences
  • In spite of being denied even the predictable weepy-eyed juvenile threnodies for the local TV news, many parents expressed disappointment with the school closure.
  • In three sections (two large ones sandwiching a short middle), it begins with a threnody in the solo viola over an accompaniment in the lower instruments, with commentary by other orchestral soloists.
  • It is a mournful threnody, measuring to the final cost the waste and destruction caused by the edenic myths of California that have defined it throughout its existence.



Pronunciation: /THrəˈnōdēəl/
Example sentences
  • Perhaps I ought not to use the word ‘trifle’ in connection with a composition of a threnodial and dirge-like character.
  • The nine-minute title track that closes the album is almost unrelenting in its threnodial darkness, bedecked by spooky sawing violin, steady classical piano and playful passages that serve only to plunge you deeper into the all-encompassing, unnervingly seductive gloom.


Pronunciation: /THrəˈnädik/
Example sentences
  • Strenuous fireworks, hoarse violin figures and a quietly threnodic contemplation are all there.
  • Similarly, the somber and threnodic second movement proves to be an elegy for the idealization of a war hero.
  • It ends with the title theme given an almost threnodic treatment, as a solo violin bridges the orchestral passages.


Pronunciation: /ˈTHrenədəst/
Example sentences
  • While middle-aged women of pious persuasion are novelizing as hugely as ever, adolescent girl threnodists have fallen into a decline.
  • As much as she has lost, her status as a conquering hero separates her from the threnodists.
  • R. shows Jerome in many of his numerous roles, as novelist, theologian, chronographer, epistolographer, satirist, biographer, biblical scholar, literary historian, translator, controversialist, threnodist, and ascetic expert.


Mid 17th century: from Greek thrēnōidia, from thrēnos 'wailing' + ōidē 'song'.

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Syllabification: thren·o·dy

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