noun, plural o·bit·u·ar·ies.
Origin of obituary
Examples from the Web for obituary
As far as he is concerned, they're preparing his obituary and he doesn't care to attend the funeral.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And a generation of obituary writers have paid tribute to celebrities as well as everyday people.
Marilyn Johnson explored the subculture of obituary scribes in her wonderful 2006 book, The Dead Beat.
Because in 2014, there really is no such thing as bad publicity…except your own obituary.
As the old saying goes, “There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”
To some women the most terrible thought connected with death is the dates in the obituary notice.An Ambitious Man|Ella Wheeler Wilcox
As leader-writer he is unequalled, and as a writer of obituary notices he is unsurpassable.Sinn Fein|P. S. O'Hegarty
The obituary notices in the newspapers referred to him as "a leading merchant" and "a gentleman of the old school."Search-Light Letters|Robert Grant
This obituary was doubtless extracted from a Southern newspaper.Anti-Slavery Opinions before the Year 1800|William Frederick Poole
His obituary, which I wrote at the time of his death, is added at the close of this chapter.By Canoe and Dog-Train|Egerton Ryerson Young
British Dictionary definitions for obituary
noun plural -aries
Word Origin for obituary
Word Origin and History for obituary
1706, "register of deaths," from Medieval Latin obituarius "a record of the death of a person," literally "pertaining to death," from Latin obitus "departure, a going to meet, encounter" (a euphemism for "death"), from stem of obire "go toward, go to meet" (as in mortem obire "meet death"), from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + ire "to go" (see ion). Meaning "record or announcement of a death, especially in a newspaper, and including a brief biographical sketch" is from 1738. As an adjective from 1828. A similar euphemism is in Old English cognate forðfaran "to die," literally "to go forth;" utsið "death," literally "going out, departure."