[nuh-krol-uh-jee, ne-]

noun, plural ne·crol·o·gies.

a list of persons who have died within a certain time.
a notice of death; obituary.

Nearby words

  1. necrogenic,
  2. necrogenic wart,
  3. necrolatry,
  4. necrological,
  5. necrologically,
  6. necrolysis,
  7. necromancer,
  8. necromancy,
  9. necromania,
  10. necromimesis

Origin of necrology

First recorded in 1720–30; necro- + -logy

Related formsnec·ro·log·i·cal [nek-ruh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌnɛk rəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, nec·ro·log·ic, adjectivenec·ro·log·i·cal·ly, adverbne·crol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for necrological


noun plural -gies

a list of people recently dead
a less common word for obituary
Derived Formsnecrological (ˌnɛkrəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivenecrologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for necrological



"register of deaths, obituary," 1705, from necro- + -logy.

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Medicine definitions for necrological




The science of the collection, classification, and interpretation of mortality statistics.
Related formsne•crolo•gist n.

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