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[sep-uh l-cher]
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  1. the act of placing in a sepulcher or tomb; burial.
  2. sepulcher; tomb.
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Origin of sepulture

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin sepultūra, equivalent to sepult(us) (past participle of sepelīre to bury) + -ūra -ure
Related formsse·pul·tur·al [suh-puhl-cher-uh l] /səˈpʌl tʃər əl/, adjective
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Related Words for sepulture

ossuary, crypt, sepulcher, cinerarium, catacomb, shrine, vault, mound, tomb, mausoleum

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Historical Examples of sepulture

  • She was put into a vault which this Turk had for the sepulture of his family.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • Cutha was a favourite place of sepulture with the Babylonians.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • All the meed of the tomb, all the solace of sepulture, I give freely.

  • Sepulture was generally therefore forbidden; but in consequence of Deut.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • The tumulus may be considered as the most simple and the most ancient form of sepulture.

British Dictionary definitions for sepulture


  1. the act of placing in a sepulchre
  2. an archaic word for sepulchre
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Word Origin for sepulture

C13: via Old French from Latin sepultūra, from sepultus buried, from sepelīre to bury
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Word Origin and History for sepulture


"burial, interment," late 13c., from Old French sepulture, sepoutre "tomb, coffin" (12c.), from Latin sepultura "burial, funeral obsequies," from sepult-, past participle stem of sepelire "to bury" (see sepulcher).

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