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Definition a pile of wood or other burnable material — especially to burn a dead body as in a funeral rite
  • While cremation is not uncommon in the western world, open air funeral pyres are typically illegal.
pyres = piles of wood or other burnable materials
  • In 1829 India banned the Hindu custom of a widow's suicide on her husband's funeral pyre.
  • pyre = piles of wood or other burnable materials
  • As the chains were wound over their body at the stake, and a flame set to the pyre,
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • pyre = stacked wood (to burn a body)
  • There was a silly damn bird called a Phoenix back before Christ: every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • pyre = a pile of wood
  • The pyre can be seen for miles, if there are any eyes to see it.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Pile them all onto a great pyre and beg my forgiveness!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Jocelyn had her head turned aside, away from the burning pyre.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • In an instant the whole creature was in flames, a prancing, writhing pyre on the snow.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Or, according to another tradition, at the shore he immolated himself upon a funeral pyre, and birds with multi-colored feathers arose from his ashes.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Then laved with lustral waves the mangled corse, Laid it on fresh-lopped branches, lit a pyre, And to his memory piled a mighty mound Of mother earth.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • When a man died, his mount was killed and placed beneath him on the funeral pyre, to carry him to the night lands.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • It caught at once; long tongues of orange fire licked rapidly across the pyre.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • At the base of the pyre stood the crib—hewn with such love and joyful expectation—that the Livesedge child had died in.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • I've been thinking we might make the brushwood into a pyre and burn his body—and those other things.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • When they were gone, the albino came out, pulled the cups from the corpse, decided to burn the body on the garbage pyre back behind the castle.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • If Francisco had wanted a worthy funeral pyre for d'Anconia Copper, she thought, he —had succeeded.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • A few miles to the south, a swirling pyre of flames and black smoke was all that remained of the Zhang family mansion.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • It has an unspeakable, wild, Hindoo odor about it, such as may lurk in the vicinity of funereal pyres.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He wept as he told us that he literally had to reach down into the graves, lift out and carry the decomposing bodies to the burning pyres.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • And I found the remains of my father in the funeral pyre.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune

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