in memoriam

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preposition in me·mo·ri·am \ˌin-mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əm\

Definition of in memoriam

  1. :  in memory of —used especially in epitaphs

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Since the days of the Roman empire, the words In memoriam, followed by a name, have been found on monuments and gravestones. They may also appear in the dedication of a book or poem; Alfred Tennyson's greatest poem is his immense In Memoriam, written over a period of 17 years to mourn the death of his dear friend Arthur Hallam.

Origin and Etymology of in memoriam

Latin


First Known Use: 1850


IN MEMORIAM Defined for English Language Learners

in memoriam

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Definition of in memoriam for English Language Learners

  • : in memory of (someone who has died)



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