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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 20th February 2024
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threnody (noun) THREN-o-dee

A song, poem or speech of lamentation, usually for the dead.

Words from Swinburne's threnody on Baudelaire came to her mind. How often she had quoted them for their sheer pagan beauty!

Gilbert Parker, The Judgment House. Amazon

Where are the brave, the strong, the fleet
Where is our English chivalry?
Wild grasses are their burial-sheet,
And sobbing waves their threnody.

Oscar Wilde, Eleutheria. Amazon

The night was split with the dreadful threnody of the blasting guns.

Emile Tepperman, Cargo of Doom.

It would have been good to have more of a celebration of the joy of the biodiverse marine habitat rather than an anticipatory threnody for its extinction.

Richard Fortey, The Guardian, 17 March 2007, Guardian
reviewing Steve Jones's Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise. Amazon

One of its hourly news bulletins accompanied the same flustered, incoherent footage with a musical commentary: a Mahlerian threnody, as if a symphony orchestra had been sent to Beslan to assist the journalists.

Peter Conrad, The Observer, 12 September 2004. The Observer

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