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memento mori Line breaks: me|mento mori
Pronunciation: /məˌmɛntəʊ ˈmɔːri/
/məˌmɛntəʊ ˈmɔːrʌɪ/

Definition of memento mori in English:

noun (plural same)

An object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death, such as a skull: he placed the picture in his room as a memento mori the skulls and bones on monuments were memento mori
More example sentences
  • I own one of his self-portraits from the 1970s, the one with the skull as a memento mori on the shoulder.
  • The war touched most of the conventional genres in which Picasso worked, notably still life, whose tradition of the memento mori lent itself to contemporary meditations upon death.
  • ‘With every celebratory or positive thing, there's always a negative thing, a memento mori,’ says Gibb.


Latin, literally 'remember (that you have) to die'.

Words that rhyme with memento mori

a fortiori, a posteriori, a priori, sori, thesauri, tori
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