thanatopsis

[ than-uh-top-sis ]
/ ˌθæn əˈtɒp sɪs /
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noun

a view or contemplation of death.
(initial capital letter, italics) a poem (1817) by William Cullen Bryant.

Nearby words

  1. thanatobiologic,
  2. thanatognomonic,
  3. thanatoid,
  4. thanatology,
  5. thanatophobia,
  6. thanatos,
  7. thane,
  8. thaneship,
  9. thanet,
  10. thanet, isle of

Origin of thanatopsis


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British Dictionary definitions for thanatopsis

thanatopsis

/ (ˌθænəˈtɒpsɪs) /

noun

a meditation on death, as in a poem

Word Origin for thanatopsis

C19: from Greek thanatos death + opsis a view

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