Definition of cerement in English:

cerement

Line breaks: cere|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪəm(ə)nt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • (also cerements) historical Waxed cloth for wrapping a corpse.
    More example sentences
    • The coffin was forced, the cerements torn, and the melancholy relics, clad in sackcloth, after being rattled for hours on moonless byways, were at length exposed to uttermost indignities before a class of gaping boys.
    • More dramatic yet is the tomb of General William Hargrave, also in Westminster Abbey, by Louis - Francois Roubiliac, in which the deceased is shown breaking free of his cerements, apparently already confident of his salvation.
    • In an early scene, Hamlet begs the ghost to tell ‘Why thy canoniz'd bones… Have burst their cerements.’

Origin

early 17th century (first used by Shakespeare in Hamlet, 1602): from cere (see cerecloth).

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