last rites


Definition of last rites

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Recent Examples on the Web While her father-in-law was cremated without much hassle, her family had to struggle with the last rites for her grandmother in Delhi, who also died from Covid. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 23 June 2021 Fifth sprang to life a month ago, but only to perform last rites. James Lileks, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 There were logistics to take care of — find people to take away the body, figure a way to do last rites. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Their family couldn’t even perform last rites because the bodies went directly from the hospital to the crematorium. Vibhuti Agarwal, WSJ, 14 June 2021 The last rites of the Singapore ideal took place during the Covid-19 pandemic, when Johnson’s government launched waves of massive spending to support the economy. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 26 May 2021 Bodies have been piling up at cremation grounds and in graveyards with relatives waiting for hours for the last rites. Time, 5 May 2021 The Noida Hindon crematorium sets 14 funeral pyre platforms on the sidewalk for the COVID-19 dead to perform the last rites there instead. Madhushree Ghosh, Longreads, 12 May 2021 Photos show grieving families dressed in full protective suits at mass cremations, performing last rites surrounded by dozens of other burning funeral pyres. Ben Westcott, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of last rites

1611, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2021

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“Last rites.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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