a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.
of, relating to, or recording a death or deaths: the obituary page of a newspaper.
- o·bit·u·ar·ist, noun
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How to use obituary in a sentence
The recent passing of a longtime dining favorite went unannounced in a proper obituary.We lost Johnny’s Half Shell to the pandemic. After 20 years, it deserves a farewell toast. | Tom Sietsema | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
By the end of the weekend, Google searches for her name automatically prompted additional keywords like “death” and “obituary.”Vaccines are the latest battleground for doctors on social media | Abby Ohlheiser | December 28, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
This section of the magazine is essentially an obituary column for kitchen technology.The kitchen of the future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed | Katie McLean | December 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
In the obituary, Farr described the days his father spent struggling with the virus without the comfort of familiar faces.Obituary for Kansas covid-19 victim slams anti-maskers who ‘refuse to wear a piece of cloth on their face to protect one another’ | Katie Shepherd | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
In Kurt’s New York Times obituary in 2007, Jane’s name gets one mention, as the high school sweetheart he marries and divorces.What Kurt Vonnegut’s rapturous love letters reveal about him as a writer — and husband | Susan Keselenko Coll | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
Over the years, Crawford has been largely silent, speaking out only for an as-told-to obituary to Houston published in Esquire.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline | Kevin Fallon | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE 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.
We read of Turgenev who was arrested and exiled to his distant estates for writing a brief obituary notice of Gogol.Comrade Kropotkin | Victor Robinson
Good heavens, Odin thought, what a cold-blooded obituary for any race!Hunters Out of Space | Joseph Everidge Kelleam
I mention the circumstance to shew that this special department of obituary masonry, as all others, was prone to imitations.In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious | W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
Did you ever hear an obituary declare a woman to be a dutiful daughter, a kind wife, a faithful mother?A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
According to the obituary record, he “fairly decorated the choir of the church with most beautiful stone-work cunningly carved.”The Cathedral Church of Canterbury [2nd ed.]. | Hartley Withers
British Dictionary definitions for obituary
a published announcement of a death, often accompanied by a short biography of the dead person
- obituarist, noun
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