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Meaning of monody

mon•o•dy

Pronunciation: (mon'u-dē), [key]
— pl. -dies.
  1. a Greek ode sung by a single voice, as in a tragedy; lament.
  2. a poem in which the poet or speaker laments another's death; threnody.
    1. a style of composition in which one part or melody predominates; homophony, as distinguished from polyphony.
    2. a piece in this style.
    3. monophony (def. 1).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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