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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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Re-enter the FRIARS, with bell, book, and candle, for the Dirge.
CURSED BE HE THAT DISTURBETH OUR HOLY DIRGE! maledicat Dominus!
Miss Mills was conversational for a few minutes, and then, laying down her pen upon 'Affection's Dirge', got up, and left the room.
It began softly, but it presently grew louder, and as it increased it became more of a wail and a dirge. It was the chant of the Carmelite nuns, their only human utterance.
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.
Mourning: Dirges are an integral part of funerals for the Akpafu of southeastern Ghana.