Definition of Requiem

1. Noun. A song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.

Exact synonyms: Coronach, Dirge, Lament, Threnody
Specialized synonyms: Keen
Generic synonyms: Song, Vocal
Derivative terms: Lament

2. Noun. A musical setting for a Mass celebrating the dead.
Generic synonyms: Mass

3. Noun. A Mass celebrated for the dead.
Generic synonyms: Mass

Definition of Requiem

1. n. A mass said or sung for the repose of a departed soul.

Definition of Requiem

1. Noun. A mass or other ceremony to honor and remember a dead person. ¹

2. Noun. A musical composition for such a mass. ¹

3. Noun. A piece of music composed to honor a dead person. ¹

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Definition of Requiem

1. a musical composition for the dead [n -S]

Medical Definition of Requiem

1. 1. A mass said or sung for the repose of a departed soul. "We should profane the service of the dead To sing a requiem and such rest to her As to peace-parted souls." (Shak) 2. Any grand musical composition, performed in honor of a deceased person. 3. Rest; quiet; peace. "Else had I an eternal requiem kept, And in the arms of peace forever slept." (Sandys) Origin: 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, and cf. Requin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Requiem

requests for admission
requests for production
requests for proposal
requiem (current term)
requiem shark
requiem sharks
requiescant in pace
requiescat in pace

Literary usage of Requiem

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"Next in importance to Mozart's immortal nk are the two great requiem Masses of ... The second requiem, in D minor, for three male voices is in many respects ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"requiem Mass should always be celebrated with black vestments and ornaments, black, in the Latin Rite, representing the deepest mourning: for, as the Church ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The burial service is incomplete without the requiem; the latter, on the other hand, ... The basis of the requiem is the same as that of every other mass, ..."

4. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1910)
"CHAPTER XVIII THE requiem Works of Palestrina and Vittoria—Other Fine Masses ... A SOLEMN mass of requiem is sung annually in •** Roman Catholic churches on ..."

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