- a view or contemplation of death.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a poem (1817) by William Cullen Bryant.
Origin of thanatopsis
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Examples from the Web for thanatopsis
Do you think any city lad could have written "Thanatopsis" at eighteen?Being a Boy
Charles Dudley Warner
And from Bryant the concluding familiar lines of Thanatopsis.A History of American Literature
Percy H. Boynton
The importance of "Thanatopsis" is at once literary and historical.
He thought of "Thanatopsis," and of the "Elegy," both of which he admired greatly.The "Genius"
When she attended her second meeting of the Thanatopsis she said nothing about remaking the town.Main Street
- a meditation on death, as in a poem
C19: from Greek thanatos death + opsis a view