cre·​ma·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌkrē-mə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce crematorium (audio) , ˌkre- \
plural crematoria\ ˌkrē-​mə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce crematoria (audio) , ˌkre-​ \ or crematoriums

Definition of crematorium

: an establishment or structure in which the bodies of the dead are cremated He had two funerals in the morning, both bodies due for the crematorium afterward…— Jack Higgins The depositions enabled the commission to gather further evidence from coroners and from the files in morgues, mortuaries and crematoriums.— Alfred Stepan

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Recent Examples on the Web After the killings took place, the bodies were taken to a local crematorium and cremated regardless of religious identities, without giving their families any chance to see them. Washington Post, "Bangladesh court sentences 5 ex-cops to death for killing," 20 Jan. 2020 The sky rots into an otherworldly purple interrupted by the white smoke of the crematorium. Jason Farago, New York Times, "The Survivor of Auschwitz Who Painted a Forgotten Genocide," 27 Jan. 2020 One of the attendants at the crematorium, just before the coffin rolled away to be consumed, invited me to place my hand on the coffin. V. S. Naipaul, The New Yorker, "The Strangeness of Grief," 30 Dec. 2019 The LaDeurs are begging the thief — or any good Samaritan who might somehow come across the remains — to mail the box to the crematorium or take it to any funeral parlor. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "Grieving parents plead for return of their baby’s ashes after their west suburban home was burglarized: ‘Billy didn’t deserve this.’," 12 Dec. 2019 Several years ago, Francis was given a photograph of a Nagasaki boy carrying his dead baby brother on his back en route to a crematorium after the bombing. Washington Post, "Pope in Nagasaki: No to atomic weapons, deterrence doctrine," 24 Nov. 2019 On the 50th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, Eva and Münch stood together before the charred ruins of its crematoriums. Eric Todisco,, "Eva Kor, Who Survived Horrific Twin Experiments at Auschwitz During the Holocaust, Dies at 85," 8 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter In one of his recent 20-minute monologues, published on YouTube, Mr Wen discussed a demonstration in late November in the southern Chinese town of Wenlou, over the building of a crematorium. The Economist, "Video blogs by critics of China’s Communist Party attract many fans," 18 Dec. 2019 And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp’s crematorium was a daily sight. Time, "Former Nazi SS Guard Goes on Trial at Age 93 for 5,230 Counts of Accessory to Murder," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of crematorium

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Crematorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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cre·​ma·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌkrē-mə-ˈtōr-ē-əm, ˌkrem-ə-, -ˈtȯr- How to pronounce crematorium (audio) \
plural crematoriums or crematoria\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce crematoria (audio) \

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