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[sep-uh l-cher] /ˈsɛp əl tʃər/
the act of placing in a sepulcher or tomb; burial.
sepulcher; tomb.
Origin of sepulture
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin sepultūra, equivalent to sepult(us) (past participle of sepelīre to bury) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
[suh-puhl-cher-uh l] /səˈpʌl tʃər əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sepulture
Historical Examples
  • She was put into a vault which this Turk had for the sepulture of his family.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Cutha was a favourite place of sepulture with the Babylonians.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • All the meed of the tomb, all the solace of sepulture, I give freely.

  • sepulture was generally therefore forbidden; but in consequence of Deut.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • This subterranean mode of sepulture is undoubtedly of Egyptian origin.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The tumulus may be considered as the most simple and the most ancient form of sepulture.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The place is commonly used for tombs and places of sepulture for the dead.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • Thus we were able to arrive at the system of sepulture employed by this unknown race.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • This was a very ancient structure, and probably a place of sepulture.

  • They were evidently excavated for worship, not for sepulture.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
British Dictionary definitions for sepulture


the act of placing in a sepulchre
an archaic word for sepulchre
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin sepultūra, from sepultus buried, from sepelīre to bury
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Word Origin and History for sepulture

"burial, interment," late 13c., from Old French sepulture, sepoutre "tomb, coffin" (12c.), from Latin sepultura "burial, funeral obsequies," from sepult-, past participle stem of sepelire "to bury" (see sepulcher).

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