knell
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Old English Old English cnyll (noun), cnyllan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch knal (noun), knallen (verb) ‘bang, pop, crack’. The current spelling (dating from the 16th century) is perhaps influenced by bell.
Synonyms
  • bell
  • proclaim
  • ring
  • signal
Antonyms
  • unavailable
Definition
the sound made by a bell rung slowly, especially for a death or a funeral
Example
The procession was silent other than the distant knell from the church bells alerting the community of their loss.
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