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noun as in large fire

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Crematoriums had to build makeshift pyres to keep up with the demand, and there were reports that the outpouring of ash drifted so far it stained clothes a kilometer away.

Then there are the pictures of front-line workers performing final rites — lighting pyres and lowering bodies into graves — of those they don’t even know.

From Vox

Three months later, those expectations have evaporated in the fumes from smoldering funeral pyres that dot the country’s cities.

From Ozy

She also champions alternatives like natural burials, funeral pyres, and intimate ceremonies in the home.

The greatest library ever assembled by the great civilizations of the ancient world—containing a vast ocean of knowledge now lost to us forever—was incinerated on a great pyre of papyrus.

From Time

Thrown into the Middle East pyre, the Zionism-racism charge has been an accelerant, angering, alienating, polarizing both sides.

Spectators took photographs of the pyre on their mobile phones.

Daenerys built the funeral pyre for her husband, Khal Drogo, here and hatched three dragons after being abandoned by her khlassar.

The light was beginning to fade and a funeral pyre was still smoking eerily in front of the temple.

A cordon of soldiers, placed at a distance from the pyre, kept the inquisitive from drawing too near.

Fergan and his assistants withdrew to the mob which the file of soldiers was holding back from the pyre.

The pyre was then lighted with a torch by a relative, who kept his face averted during the act.

He threw himself upon the pyre, and was consumed like a log of wood, together with the chamber.

Out of that funeral pyre her feverish thoughts builded a frightful dream.


On this page you'll find 9 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pyre, such as: bonfire, fuel, heap, and suttee.

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