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Definitions for Requiem
ˈrɛk wi əm, ˈri kwi-, ˈreɪ-Re·quiem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dirge, coronach, lament, requiem, threnodynoun

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

  2. Requiemnoun

    a musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead

  3. Requiemnoun

    a Mass celebrated for the dead


  1. requiemnoun

    A mass or other ceremony to honor and remember a dead person.

    Requiem for a Heavyweight.

  2. requiemnoun

    A musical composition for such a mass.

  3. requiemnoun

    A piece of music composed to honor a dead person.

  4. Etymology: The first word of the introit for the traditional requiem mass, an alternative accusative case of requies, from re- + quies.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REQUIEMnoun

    Etymology: Latin.

    We should profane the service of the dead,
    To sing a requiem and such peace to her,
    As to peace-parted souls. William Shakespeare.

    The midwife kneel’d at my mother’s throes,
    With pain produc’d, and nurs’d for future woes;
    Else had I an eternal requiem kept,
    And in the arms of peace for ever slept. George Sandys.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Requiemnoun

    a mass said or sung for the repose of a departed soul

  2. Requiemnoun

    any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a deceased person

  3. Requiemnoun

    rest; quiet; peace

  4. Etymology: [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. Requiem

    A Requiem or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead or Mass of the dead, is a Mass celebrated for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular form of the Roman Missal. It is frequently, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral. Musical settings of the propers of the Requiem Mass are also called Requiems, and the term has subsequently been applied to other musical compositions associated with death and mourning, even when they lack religious or liturgical relevance. The term is also used for similar ceremonies outside the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the Anglo-Catholic branch of Anglicanism and in certain Lutheran churches. A comparable service, with a wholly different ritual form and texts, exists in the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, as well as in the Methodist Church. The Mass and its settings draw their name from the introit of the liturgy, which begins with the words "Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine" – "Grant them eternal rest, O Lord". The Roman Missal as revised in 1970 employs this phrase as the first entrance antiphon among the formulas for Masses for the dead, and it remains in use to this day.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Requiem

    rē′kwi-em, n. a hymn or mass sung for the rest of the soul of the dead: a grand musical composition in honour of the dead: (obs.) rest, peace.—n. Requies′cence, repose.—Requiescat in pace, may he (or she) rest in peace, often abbreviated R.I.P. [L., accus. of requies—(re-, inten., quies, rest); so called from the initial words of the introit, Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine! 'Give eternal rest to them, O Lord!']

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Requiem

    a mass set to music, sung for the repose of the soul of a dead person.

Editors Contribution

  1. Requiem

    Paying homage to those that have set in motion thoughts and actions in us indescribable with words.

    I write this requiem to the men and woman that walked the path before me.

    Submitted by samlemil on June 21, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Requiem in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Requiem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Requiem in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Vega:

    We looked up the performances, and found (Saturday's performance) was a Requiem. It just seemed almost destined.

  2. Golden Experience Requiem (Golden Wind Requiem):

    This is...Requiem...Da... What you're seeing is indeed the truth. You are seeing movements created by your abilities, but you will never arrive at the truth that is going to happen. None who stands before me shall ever get there, regardless of their abilities. This is, The Power of Golden Wind Requiem. This is unknown even to Giorno Giovanna, who controls me...

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

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