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