EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KNELL
The signs, which certainly did look like signs of guilt, struck a knell on the heart of his father.
Still that word, which rang like a knell in his dazed brain!
It sounded the knell of all hope of redress of their wrongs.
How often does the knell of vanished power repeat the lesson!
The dead I knell, the living wake, And the power of lightning break!
The volley which pierced his breast was the knell of the Bonaparte dynasty.
It fell upon my ears like a cry of vengeance—like a knell of death!
The grave, sweet voice sounded on her ears as the knell of hope.
And I laughed aloud—the fool's laughter that was my knell of ruin!
The Gap answered him; and the answer was like the knell of doom.
Old English cnyll "sound made by a bell when struck or rung slowly," perhaps of imitative origin. The Welsh cnull "death-bell" appears to be a borrowing from English. For vowel evolution, see bury.