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death mask

a cast taken of a person's face after death.
Compare life mask.
Origin of death mask
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then he went to the superintendent, and asked if he might take a death mask.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Nisana's spear widened the mouth to a death mask and withdrew.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • Long afterward the men recollected the picture she made that night, still and dignified as a death mask.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Within the rail, kneeling facing them, William's face gleamed like the death mask of prayer.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris
  • The ice had pressed a death mask on the convulsed features and held them in the moment of agony.

    The Victim

    Thomas Dixon
  • A few words from the lad and the Indian was on his feet again, his eyes gleaming, but his face immobile as a death mask.

  • But Barrant had seen too much of violent death to be repelled by any death mask, however repellent.

    The Moon Rock

    Arthur J. Rees
  • Priceless objects had been found, including the King's death mask of painted gold.

    The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
  • His eyelids closed and his face became rigid as a death mask of a man dead in passion.

British Dictionary definitions for death mask

death mask

a cast of a person's face taken shortly after death Compare life mask
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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