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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.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dirge

    Etymology: This is not a contraction of the Latin dirige, in the popish hymn dirige gressus meos, as some pretend; but from the Teutonic dyrke, laudare, to praise and extol. Whence it is possible their dyrke, and our dirge, was a laudatory song to commemorate and applaud the dead. Verstegan.
    Francis Bacon apparently derives it from dirige.

    Th’ imperial jointress of this warlike state,
    Have we, as ’twere, with a defeated joy,
    With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage,
    In equal scale weighing delight and dole,
    Taken to wife. William Shakespeare, Haml.

    Mean while the body of Richard, after many indignities and reproaches, the dirigies and obsequies of the common people towards tyrants, was obscurely buried. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    You from above shall hear each day,
    One dirge dispatch’d unto your clay,
    These your own anthems shall become,
    Your lasting epicedium. George Sandys, Paraph.

    All due measures of her mourning kept,
    Did office at the dirge, and by infection wept. John Dryden, Sigis.


  1. Dirge

    Dirge is a song by Bob Dylan. It was released on his 14th studio album Planet Waves in 1974. After recalling his band to re-record the track "Forever Young," Dylan recorded "Dirge" on just the second take. The song was labeled on the studio tape box as "Dirge for Martha." Notable for its acidic tone, "Dirge" has never been performed in concert.


  1. dirge

    A dirge is a slow, mournful, often melancholic piece of music, typically a funeral song or lament for the dead. It can also be a poem expressing mourning or grief.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dirgeadjective

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

  2. 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

  2. Ridge

  3. gride

  4. redig

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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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