a stone coffin, especially one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument.
Greek Antiquity. a kind of stone thought to consume the flesh of corpses, used for coffins.
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How to use sarcophagus in a sentence
Then her body was dressed in her finest silks, draped with her most impressive jewels, and shelved away in a plain stone sarcophagus.The Bible Created a Blueprint for Vilifying Powerful Women Leaders | Shelley Puhak | March 1, 2022 | Time
He rests lavishly, depicted in a marble sarcophagus that stares up for eternity at the carved depictions of his life story.
The body lay in an aboveground marble sarcophagus guarded by no groundskeepers or watchmen, just one lonely padlock.Invasion of the Celebrity Body Snatchers, From Charlie Chaplin to Casey Kasem | Melissa Leon | July 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prices start at around $1,000 for Greek-Roman coins (250 A.D.) and top $25,000 for ornate sarcophagus lids.
But he has not launched a huge, historic initiative on which history has slammed the sarcophagus lid screaming “Failure!”
Recent budget cuts are just the last nail in the sarcophagus.Italy’s Culture Falling to Ruins Amid Austerity Cuts | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sometimes the sarcophagus was placed behind a perforated slab of marble, as shown in the following example, given by Maitland.
A large recess in the wall next to the Papal Crypt is thought to have held her sarcophagus.
In the roofless structure was found a sarcophagus bearing the name of Alexander, and probably once containing his ashes.
The high-arched temple, in the centre of which stands the sarcophagus, is inlaid with mosaic work of rare stones.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
On the right and on the left reposed, each in a massy sarcophagus, the departed kings and queens of Spain.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for sarcophagus
a stone or marble coffin or tomb, esp one bearing sculpture or inscriptions
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