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obituary

[oh-bich-oo-er-ee]
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noun, plural o·bit·u·ar·ies.
  1. a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or recording a death or deaths: the obituary page of a newspaper.
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Origin of obituary

1700–10; < Medieval Latin obituārius, equivalent to Latin obitu(s) death (see obit) + -ārius -ary
Related formso·bit·u·ar·ist, noun
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Related Words for obituary

eulogy, obit, register, announcement, necrology

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Historical Examples of obituary

  • And the words of his obituary notice at once began to dance before his eyes.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • Well, are you set on keepin' that date in the obituary column, or will we have breakfast?

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • He sent the obituary of Ascalon, as he believed, ahead of him by wire.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • We suffered a loss when it died, and it deserves this obituary notice.

  • My mother has been dead many years, for her name is in the obituary of the house.

    In Convent Walls

    Emily Sarah Holt


British Dictionary definitions for obituary

obituary

noun plural -aries
  1. a published announcement of a death, often accompanied by a short biography of the dead person
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Derived Formsobituarist, noun

Word Origin for obituary

C18: from Medieval Latin obituārius, from Latin obīre to fall, from ob- down + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for obituary

n.

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."

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