- a house of shelter or rest for pilgrims, strangers, etc., especially one kept by a religious order.
- a health-care facility for the terminally ill that emphasizes pain control and emotional support for the patient and family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.
- a similar program of care and support for the terminally ill at home.
Origin of hospice
Related Words for hospiceshelter, clinic, ward, infirmary, sanitarium, surgery, asylum, institution, sanatorium
Examples from the Web for hospice
Contemporary Examples of hospice
The next evening, Romero was saying mass in the chapel at the hospice where he lived in a tiny room near the infirm and the dying.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint
August 24, 2014
Thomas J. Foley died Friday in hospice care in Washington at age 84.The Speaker Who Spoke for the Whole House
October 18, 2013
He has also demonstrated compassion for AIDS victims, washing and kissing the feet of 12 patients in a hospice in 2001.Introducing Pope Francis, Your New Papa
Eliza Shapiro, Lizzie Crocker
March 14, 2013
The list also includes 14 hospitals, 14 assaults in schools, and even a hospice for the dying.Jimmy Savile Report: BBC Presenter Sexually Abused More Than 200 Minors
January 11, 2013
When I was first called and told that George McGovern was in hospice care, I was overwhelmed with sadness.Robert Shrum on Friend George McGovern, the Prophet Politician
October 22, 2012
Historical Examples of hospice
M. Julien, will you run for the doctor, and send him down to the Hospice at once?Chatterbox, 1906
I found him at the hospice, busy with his œuvre de bienfaisance.Behind the Beyond
He, himself, was billeted with a French family, just around the corner from the Hospice.Life in a Tank
The hospice had formerly been a palstra or wrestling-ground.The Death of the Gods
In June, 1861, her simple funeral passed from the gates of the Hospice.Female Warriors, Vol. II (of 2)
Ellen C. Clayton
- a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill
- Also called: hospitium (hɒˈspɪtɪəm) plural hospitia (hɒˈspɪtɪə) archaic a place of shelter for travellers, esp one kept by a monastic order
Word Origin for hospice
1818, "rest house for travelers," from French hospice (13c.), from Latin hospitium "guest house, hospitality," from hospes (genitive hospitis) "guest, host" (see host (n.1)). Sense of "home for the aged and terminally ill " is from 1893; hospice movement first attested 1979.
- A program or facility that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional, spiritual, social, and financial needs of terminally ill patients at a facility or at a patient's home.