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Friday, March 30, 2018

Definitions for sepulcher

  1. a tomb, grave, or burial place.
  2. Also called Easter sepulcher. Ecclesiastical. a. a cavity in a mensa for containing relics of martyrs. b. a structure or a recess in some old churches in which the Eucharist was deposited with due ceremonies on Good Friday and taken out at Easter in commemoration of Christ's entombment and Resurrection.
  3. to place in a sepulcher; bury.

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Citations for sepulcher
The stale suffocating room felt like a sepulcher ... Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings, 2014
A clattering-rattling sound. A bony sound. Like the skeletons of long-dead men clawing their way out of a sepulcher. Dean Koontz, Phantoms, 1983
Origin of sepulcher
1150-1200
Sepulcher comes via French from Latin sepulcrum “grave, tomb,” a derivative of the verb sepelīre “to perform the funeral rites, bury, inter.” The Latin verb comes from the Proto-Indo-European root sep- “to honor,” extended to sep-el- “sorrow, care, awe.” The same root appears in Sanskrit sapati “(he) worships, tends.” The Greek derivative of sep- is the root hep-, which usually occurs in compound verbs, e.g., amphiépein “to look after, tend to,” as in the last line of the Iliad, “Thus they tended to (amphíepon) the funeral of horse-taming Hector.” Sepulcher entered English in the 13th century.