Saturday, 1 December 2012

Entry: threnody (n.)

In context: "A threnody of sirens somewhere north of the Charles." 

Definition: A song of lamentation; spec. a lament for the dead, a dirge.

Other: Wow!  I love this word. (and the usage in Infinite Jest).  Etymology:  < Greek θρηνῳδία dirge, < θρῆνος threne n. + ᾠδή song.

SNOOT score: 5

Page: 556

Source: Oxford English Dictionary

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