in memoriam


in me·​mo·​ri·​am ˌin-mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce in memoriam (audio)
: 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.

Examples of in memoriam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Recording Academy paid tribute to a host of late greats in its annual in memoriam segment at tonight’s Grammy Awards, with a live soundtrack led by several artists. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 5 Feb. 2024 And not just in this year’s particularly heartbreaking in memoriam section. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, in a rare recognition of what Lear meant to the entire television industry, all five broadcast networks — CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and The CW — will simulcast an on-air in memoriam card tonight at 8 p.m. ET to honor the late legendary TV writer and producer. Caroline Brew, Variety, 6 Dec. 2023 The show will be in memoriam of Neal Glasgow, former SDA art teacher, who died in June. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Oct. 2023 Shortly after Cloud’s death, HBO paid tribute to the actor by attaching in memoriam cards to the first episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 on the Warner Bros. Discovery streaming service, Max. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Every year, social media inevitably calls out the artists not included in the Grammys' in memoriam segment. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2023 The in memoriam portion, which included a live performance by Billy Porter, did not include Saget. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 12 June 2022 Immediately after the Hawkins tribute came the Grammys’ in memoriam segment, which was anchored by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler performing the songs of late musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of in memoriam was in 1850

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“In memoriam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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