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Definition of Knell


  1. The stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively, a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything.
  2. To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
  3. To summon, as by a knell.

Knell Quotations

Humor has to surprise us; otherwise, it isn't funny. It's a death knell for a writer to be labeled a humorist because then it's not a surprise anymore.
Garrison Keillor

To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room. The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades, it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Attempts to tame the wayward and domesticate the riotous, to make the unknowable predictable and enchain the free-roaming - all such things sound the death knell to love.
Zygmunt Bauman

Comparison is a death knell to sibling harmony.
Elizabeth Fishel

By fairy hands their knell is rung; By forms unseen their dirge is sung.
William Collins
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Knell Translations

knell in German is Totenglocke
knell in Spanish is tocar a muerto
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