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last rites

noun, Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of last rites
1925-1930
First recorded in 1925-30
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  • How strange was it, too, that it should have devolved upon me to pay him these last rites.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • On the 16th, at midnight, she received the last rites of the church.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • The last rites were performed over the man who might be dead already.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Why do you refuse to perform the last rites over the body of my daughter?

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Like the Acadians at French Cross, they had no clergyman to pay the last rites.

    Amy in Acadia Helen Leah Reed
  • You will not refuse my brother the last rites of the Church?

    The Spanish Cavalier Charlotte Maria Tucker
  • On the following day at noon, he received the last rites of the church.

    Beethoven

    George Alexander Fischer
  • The last rites, begun weeks ago, were hurriedly brought to an end during this last night.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • Here it was that the senior Muir conducted service, no doubt pronouncing the last rites for some of those who sleep there.

British Dictionary definitions for last rites

last rites

plural noun
1.
(Christianity) religious rites prescribed for those close to death
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