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Definition the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral


announcing the demise or end of something
  • The poll should be interpreted as the death knell of her campaign.
knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral
  • Like a leaden knell the words came back at him: WAR IS PEACE; FREEDOM IS SLAVERY; IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • knell = slow ringing of a bell
  • Let us all ring fancy's knell:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • knell = death bell
  • If ever another wedding were so dismal, it was that famous one where they tolled the wedding knell.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly
  • Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • knell = bell
  • The electric-chair knell of the doorbell sounded through the house again.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • knell = the sound of a bell ringing
  • Today it was not just telling us that in five minutes mass would begin, today it was crying the knell of Lupito.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • knell = the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce death or a funeral
  • —What death-knell rings in it, that old Ahab shakes as if he were the belfry.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • This wild deep Roo—ooo was the knell of the buffalo.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Be this sweet Helen's knell, and now forget her.
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • In the words "as usual," and again in her added, "mine, at all events," there seemed an ominous knell of some evil to come.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The sound was a deep-throated bronze booming, coming faster with each knell.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • The knell of those words affects my memory of a time when in fact they were not heard at all.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • The knell has sounded for capitalist private property, Marx would say.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Chauvelin spoke curtly and to the point, and every word he uttered struck at Marguerite's heart like the death-knell of her fondest hopes.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The clatter of his precious pans as they fell down into the dark was like a death-knell to his heart.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • I found out later that the dorado is famed for its death-knell iridescence.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • A knell from the church bell broke harshly on these youthful thoughts.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • To this fair creation of the great Middle-Age the Dissolution was, as historians tell us, the death-knell.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Yet, at the moment, from high up in the carved crevices of the arch, floated down the low, strange wail of wind—a knell indeed for all that had gone.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage

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