Liebestod

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Liebestod, from Liebe (love) + Tod (death).

Noun[edit]

Liebestod (plural Liebestode)

  1. An aria or duet performed in opera marking the suicide of lovers; a suicide.
    • 1979, Angela Carter, ‘The Company of Wolves’, The Bloody Chamber, Vintage 2006, p. 138:
      She saw how his jaw began to slaver and the room was full of the clamour of the forest's Liebestod but the wise child never flinched [...].