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How to Pronounce keening?

Correct pronunciation for the word "keening" is [kˈiːnɪŋ], [kˈiːnɪŋ], [k_ˈiː_n_ɪ_ŋ].

"Keening" in context

Keening is an ancient Irish practice involving the wailing and sorrowful lamenting of a death or misfortune. Usually a professional keener, often a female, would be hired to perform the keening at a funeral to symbolically represent the extended family and friends in grief. The intent behind this is to keep the soul of the deceased in rest and to help the mourners to let go of their sadness as the keening is thought to help with the transition of the deceased from the living world to the afterlife.

What are similar-sounding words for keening?

Usage over time for keening:

This graph shows how "keening" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

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