Definition of obituary in English:


Line breaks: ob¦itu|ary
Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈbɪtʃʊəri
, -tʃəri, -tjʊəri/

noun (plural obituaries)

  • A notice of a death, especially in a newspaper, typically including a brief biography of the deceased person: his obituary of Samuel Beckett [as modifier]: an obituary notice figurative it is premature to write the obituary of British science
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    • 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.
    death notice, eulogy
    informal obit
    rare necrology, necrologue



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  • 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.


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

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