thanatopsis

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

noun

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

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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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