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

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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for necrological


noun plural -gies
  1. a list of people recently dead
  2. 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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necrological in Medicine


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