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dirge

1. a chant of lamentation for the dead
2. the funeral service in its solemn or sung forms
3. any mourning song or melody
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Much of the time he was chanting a kind of low dirge in the Delaware tongue, using the deep and remarkable guttural tones of his people.
The friends of the deceased, especially the women, repair here at sunrise and sunset for some time after his death, singing his funeral dirge, and uttering loud wailings and lamentations.
Adele is a half-decent singer but her songs are pretty much all dirges about breaking up with her blokes.
ACCRA, Ghana -- Mourners sang funeral dirges and traditional leaders poured libations Wednesday for beloved poet Kofi Awoonor as hundreds gathered at the airport where his body was brought home days after he was slain in the Kenya mall terror attack.
Funeral dirges are on the way out and they are being replaced by fun and good memories.
Back in the day in rural China, it was customary to hire a band and play dirges in remembrance of the deceased.
It's a dangerous path and a process that terrifies Alex - one mistake and it could mean the end for her ghostly love and his fellow Dirges.
This entertaining novel begins well, and while the budding romance between Alex and Callum rather drags on, there is some clever plotting to do with the Dirges and their mysterious gloomy existence, while an epilogue makes it clear that Catherine's schemes are not yet defeated.
Mourning: Dirges are an integral part of funerals for the Akpafu of southeastern Ghana.
The setlist of dreary dirges and creaky rhythm and blues is obviously intended to rival Johnny Cash's stark recordings with studio svengali Rick Rubin but doesn't hold up, despite songs including Bob Dylan's What Good Am I, John Lee Hooker's Burning Hell and Billy Joe Shaver's If I Give My Soul.
AUTHOR Alexander Solzhenitsyn was buried in a Russian Orthodox ceremony that included goose-stepping honour guards and a religious choir singing dirges.