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obituary

Syllabification: o·bit·u·ar·y
Pronunciation: /ōˈbiCHəˌwerē
 
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Definition of obituary in English:

noun (plural obituaries)

A notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person: the obituary of a friend [as modifier]: an obituary notice
More example sentences
  • Every day that passes sees the obituary columns of broadsheet newspapers bring us more examples.
  • Everyone knows that major newspapers hold obituaries written well in advance of the deaths of notable people.
  • The Warwickshire captain is used to reading his obituary notice in the columns of the national newspapers.
Synonyms
death notice, eulogy
informal obit
rare necrology

Origin

early 18th century: from medieval Latin obituarius, from Latin obitus 'death', from obit- 'perished', from the verb obire.

Derivatives

obituarist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Most obituarists prefer the airbrush to the sharpened pen when it comes to the famous and powerful.
  • He was an occasional obituarist for The Independent and The Guardian and a contributor to the New Dictionary of National Biography.
  • We cannot control what other's write about us, and today's critic may be tomorrow's biographer and obituarist.

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