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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


  1. dirgenoun

    A mournful poem or piece of music composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.

    Etymology: From the beginning of an antiphon in the Latin requiem (Dirige, Domine, deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dirgeadjective

    a piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; a funeral hymn

    Etymology: [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.]


  1. Dirge

    A dirge is a somber song or lament expressing mourning or grief, such as would be appropriate for performance at a funeral. The word is also commonly used to describe singing in an un-tuneful manner. The English word dirge is derived from the Latin Dirige, Domine, Deus meus, in conspectu tuo viam meam, the first words of the first antiphon in the Matins of the Office for the Dead, created on basis of Ps. 5,9. The original meaning of dirge in English referred to this office. Oppari is a song of lament in Tamil.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dirge

    dėrj, n. a funeral song or hymn. [Contracted from dirige, the first word of an antiphon sung in the office for the dead—the words from the Vulgate, Psalm v. 8. L. dirigĕre, to direct.]

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  1. ridge, Ridge

  2. gride

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dirge in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dirge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    long and thin and often limp
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. tantamount
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