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Definition of hospice

1 : a lodging for travelers, young persons, or the underprivileged especially when maintained by a religious order
2 : a program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care also : a facility that provides such a program

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Examples of hospice in a Sentence

She chose to go to a hospice instead of a hospital. the monks run a hospice for travelers in their mountain retreat
Recent Examples on the Web The call from the hospice worker came a few weeks before Christmas. Tribune News Service, al, "The Gift of Giving: Meet three people providing Christmas for others," 25 Dec. 2020 The one-month trial was one of the first criminal hospice fraud prosecutions the DOJ has presented to a federal jury. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio owner of hospice programs gets 20 years behind bars after telling healthy people they were going to die in complex fraud scheme," 24 Dec. 2020 Its provisions include potential fines of up to $10,000 a day for hospice providers who do not comply with regulations. Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, "Congress approves hospice care reforms to improve oversight, transparency," 23 Dec. 2020 She was treated in a hospital and then a hospice facility for nearly six months until her death in July 2015. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Bobby Brown Jr., the son of singer Bobby Brown, dies at 28," 19 Nov. 2020 Linda Anderson, 78, an office executive in marketing companies that specialized in nonprofit operations, died Sept. 8 in a home hospice program in Washington. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 15 Oct. 2020 Anita Louise Richelieu died Monday night after a week in hospice care. Los Angeles Times, "I’ve said goodbye — twice — to loved ones in hospice this year. Tips from experts, and from me," 22 Dec. 2020 The eighth victim was a man in his 80s who was a resident of a long-term care facility in Dallas who died in hospice care. Dallas News, "Dallas County reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations for third time this week, adds 1,723 cases, 8 deaths," 19 Dec. 2020 Charley Pride, the son of a Mississippi sharecropper who went on to become the first Black superstar in country music, died on Saturday in hospice care in Dallas. New York Times, "Charley Pride, Country Music’s First Black Superstar, Dies at 86," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hospice

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospice

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French hospise, borrowed from Medieval Latin hospitium "hospitality, lodgings, monastic guesthouse, shelter maintained by a religious order for the poor and infirm," going back to Latin,"accommodation of guests, hired lodgings," from hospit-, hospes "guest, host" + -ium, denominal suffix of function or occupation — more at host entry 3

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The first known use of hospice was in 1818

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15 Jan 2021

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“Hospice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospice. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hospice

: a place that provides care for people who are dying
somewhat old-fashioned : a place where travelers can stay especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization


hos·​pice | \ ˈhäs-pəs How to pronounce hospice (audio) \

Medical Definition of hospice

: a facility or program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care

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