memento mori

[muh-men-toh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, mawr-ee, mohr-ee; for 1 also Latin me-men-toh moh-ree]
noun, plural memento mori for 2.
  1. (italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
  2. an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.

Origin of memento mori

First recorded in 1585–95, memento mori is from the Latin word mementō morī

dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

[doo l-ke et de-koh-room est proh pah-tree-ah moh-ree; English duhl-see et di-kawr-uh m est proh pey-tree-uh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, -kohr-uh m]
Latin.
  1. sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country.
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MORI

n acronym for
  1. Market and Opinion Research Institutea MORI poll

memento mori

noun
  1. an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death

Word Origin for memento mori

C16: Latin: remember you must die
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Word Origin and History for mori

memento mori

n.

"reminder of death," 1590s, Latin, literally "remember that you must die."

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