Definition of exequial in English:

Share this entry

exequial

Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsiːkwɪəl/
/ɛkˈsiːkwɪəl/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

adjective

rare
Relating to a funeral.
Example sentences
  • She appointed him to perform her exequial rites, setting aside her daughter.
  • The offender is considered to be dead, and Hindu Law directs the performance of exequial ceremonies for him, as if he were naturally so.
  • The procession was a half mile long numbering nearly a hundred carriages aud was preceded by a military band which discoursed exequial music from the church to the cemetery.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin exsequialis, from exsequiae 'funeral ceremonies', from exsequi 'to follow after': see -al.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ex|equial

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.