knell knell  /ˈnɛl/


  1. (n) the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
  2. (v) ring as in announcing death
  3. (v) make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification


  1. Left standing over the moonlit rubble was a solitary sentinel, a church tower, whose bell was jolted by the earth's angry vibrations into a final eerie death knell.
  2. Uncompromising pessimist, Spengler sounded the knell of Western civilization, which he said had passed maturity, was beginning a swift senescence.
  3. The other is that the Disney movie they are in, Lilo Stitch, must make a bundle--or Hollywood could hear a death knell for the traditional animated feature.


  1. Pandora: iTunes Radio Is 'On Par' With Existing Streaming Services

    After Apple introduced iTunes Radio on Monday at the Worldwide Developers Conference, people described the new streaming music service as a "Pandora killer," with some Twitter users proclaiming, "RIP Pandora." But rival Pandora , which launched in 2000, weighed in, essentially telling Mashable that iTunes Radio is nothing new and critics shouldn't be ringing the death knell. "Apple’s new feature ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Mashable

  2. Will NSA leaks wake us from our techno-utopian dream?

    Could the leaks about the extent of the National Security Agency's surveillance of US citizens be the death knell of techno-utopianism?
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  3. Opinion analysis: Tentatively reopening the (back) door to class arbitration

    For the past three years, numerous courts and commentators have understood the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp. as all but sounding the death knell for class-wide – as opposed to individual – arbitration. After all, Stolt-Nielsen held that the Federal Arbitration Act bars class arbitration unless parties have specifically [...]
    on June 10, 2013     Source: SCOTUSblog


  1. "I think this is sort of the death knell for John McCain's campaign," said Tancredo, a Colorado congressman and long-shot candidate.
    on Jun 8, 2007 By: Tom Tancredo Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. "They have a lot of very talented cricketers, and I feel sorry for the cricketers and for the cricket-mad public of Pakistan," said Broad, the father of England fast bowler Stuart. "But this is a bit of a death knell for cricket in Pakistan...
    on Mar 4, 2009 By: Chris Broad Source: AFP

  3. "We knew that after Liverpool's defeat at the weekend (knocked out at home in the FA Cup by Championship side Barnsley) they were going to come out all guns blazing. However, Steven Gerrard's goal is not our death knell. Other teams have come back...
    on Feb 19, 2008 By: Roberto Mancini Source: AFP

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