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[n] a Mass celebrated for the dead
[n] a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead
[n] a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

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Misc. Definitions

\Re"qui*em\ (r?"kw?-?m;277), n. [Acc. of L. requies rest, the first words of the Mass being ``Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,'' give eternal rest to them, O lord; pref. re- re + quies quiet. See {Quiet}, n., and cf. {Requin}.]
1. (R.C.Ch.) A mass said or sung for the repose of a departed soul. We should profane the service of the dead To sing a requiem and such rest to her As to peace-parted souls. --Shak.
2. Any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a deceased person.
3. Rest; quiet; peace. [Obs.] Else had I an eternal requiem kept, And in the arms of peace forever slept. --Sandys.

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