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Oct 7, 2011
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hebephrenia
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keening

Keening for Cú Chulainn
Keening for Cú Chulainn

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keening

PRONUNCIATION:
(KEE-ning)

MEANING:
noun: A wailing lament for the dead.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Irish caoineadh (lament). Earliest documented use: 1876.

USAGE:
"Of all the closures of independent stores that have left hundreds of British high streets a book-free wilderness, none has given rise to more celebrity keening than the imminent demise of The Travel Bookshop."
Boyd Tonkin; Crimes Behind Closed Doors; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 9, 2011.

See more usage examples of keening in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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