Definition of requiescat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrekwēˈesˌkät/ /ˌrā-/


A wish or prayer for the repose of a dead person.
Example sentences
  • He then relates how even fifty years passes, and still no one discovers this murder, triumphantly declaring of Fortunato ‘In pace requiescat,’ ‘May he rest in peace.’
  • When I go to work each day in the Hugo Black courthouse and see the bust of that judge in the rotunda, I cannot help but say the prayer for Father Coyle that he used as the title of a poem: requiescat in pace.
  • In case I forget to say it later, requiescat in pace.


Latin, from requiescat in pace (see RIP1).

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Syllabification: re·qui·es·cat

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