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in memoriam

[in muh-mawr-ee-uh m, -mohr-]
adverb, preposition
  1. in memory (of); to the memory (of); as a memorial (to): used on gravestones, in obituaries, etc.
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Origin of in memoriam

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for in memoriam

in memoriam

  1. in memory of; as a memorial to: used in obituaries, epitaphs, etc
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Word Origin for in memoriam

Latin
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Word Origin and History for in memoriam

Latin, literally "in memory of" (see memory).

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in memoriam in Culture

in memoriam

[(in muh-mawr-ee-uhm)]

A Latin phrase meaning “in memory of.” This phrase often precedes a name in obituaries and on tombstones.

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