funeral pyre

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  • noun

Synonyms for funeral pyre

wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite

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I shall quit your vessel on the ice raft which brought me thither and shall seek the most northern extremity of the globe; I shall collect my funeral pile and consume to ashes this miserable frame, that its remains may afford no light to any curious and unhallowed wretch who would create such another as I have been.
I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly and exult in the agony of the torturing flames.
As we were not to proceed upon our journey until the afternoon, I walked out, after breakfast the next morning, to look about me; and was duly shown a model prison on the solitary system, just erected, and as yet without an inmate; the trunk of an old tree to which Harris, the first settler here (afterwards buried under it), was tied by hostile Indians, with his funeral pile about him, when he was saved by the timely appearance of a friendly party on the opposite shore of the river; the local legislature (for there was another of those bodies here again, in full debate); and the other curiosities of the town.
And knew not all the while If they were lighting a bonfire Or only a funeral pile.
She burned furiously, mournful and imposing like a funeral pile kindled in the night, surrounded by the sea, watched over by the stars.