- a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.
- a historic or prehistoric burial ground.
Origin of necropolis
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Examples from the Web for necropolis
My first novel, Alive in Necropolis—or, rather, the process of writing it—changed me.
As I mentioned above, I got started writing Alive in Necropolis because my agent gave me a nudge in that direction.
Through such as these Rome has come to be spoken of as the Necropolis of the Living.The Strolling Saint
He died in 1837, and his remains were consigned to the Necropolis of the city.
But the Necropolis Company, whether it knows it or not, did not found the tradition.Highways and Byways in Surrey
Nor call I devise what Apion would have said, had their habitation been at Necropolis?Against Apion
Does the paraschites live to the north or south of the Necropolis?Uarda, Complete
- a burial site or cemetery
C19: Greek, from nekros dead + polis city
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Word Origin and History for necropolis
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