a view or contemplation of death.
(initial capital letter, italics) a poem (1817) by William Cullen Bryant.
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How to use thanatopsis in a sentence
"thanatopsis" was the hymn of his meditations among those solitary woods.From the Easy Chair, series 2 | George William Curtis
Between this date and that of the publication of "thanatopsis" there sweeps an arch of forty-eight years.
Of the poems of this class, "thanatopsis," of which we have already spoken, is one of the best known.
Who ever learned "thanatopsis" on the summit of the Catskills, and afterwards forgot a line of it?
The son postpones his expression and leans against a jungle to a fourth encore of the tuneful thanatopsis.Just Around the Corner | Fannie Hurst
British Dictionary definitions for thanatopsis
a meditation on death, as in a poem
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