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[nuh-krop-uh-lis, ne-] /nəˈkrɒp ə lɪs, nɛ-/
noun, plural necropolises.
a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.
a historic or prehistoric burial ground.
Origin of necropolis
First recorded in 1810-20, necropolis is from the Greek word nekrópolis burial place (literally, city of the dead). See necro-, -polis
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[nek-ruh-pol-i-tn] /ˌnɛk rəˈpɒl ɪ tn/ (Show IPA),
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  • Through such as these Rome has come to be spoken of as the necropolis of the Living.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • 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.

  • Nor call I devise what Apion would have said, had their habitation been at necropolis?

    Against Apion Flavius Josephus
  • Does the paraschites live to the north or south of the necropolis?

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The necropolis has been robbed to form the collections of Salt, Drouetti, and others.

  • No, he was blowed if he'd let himself be hurried down to the necropolis like this.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • Of the singular suburb styled the necropolis or "city of the dead," nothing remains.

British Dictionary definitions for necropolis


noun (pl) -lises, -leis (-ˌleɪs)
a burial site or cemetery
Word Origin
C19: Greek, from nekros dead + polis city
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Word Origin and History for necropolis

"large cemetery" of an ancient or modern city, 1803, from Late Latin, literally "city of the dead," from Greek Nekropolis, a burial place near Alexandria, from nekros (see necro-) + polis "city" (see polis).

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