Dirge Definition

Poetry Definition of Dirge

Poem of lamentation. See elegy.


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Standard Definition

[n] a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

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keen, song

Misc. Definitions

\Dirge\, n. [Contraction of Lat. dirige, direct thou (imperative of dirigere), the first word of a funeral hymn (Lat. transl. of Psalm v. 8) beginning, ``Dirige, Domine, in conspectu tuo vitam meam.'' See {Direct}, a., and cf. {Dirige}.] A piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; a funeral hymn. The raven croaked, and hollow shrieks of owls Sung dirges at her funeral. --Ford.

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