last rites

noun

Examples of last rites in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the morning of Sept. 11, while administering last rites to a firefighter, Judge, 68, was struck by falling debris and died. Claire Fahy, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 However, my sister, who lives out of town, called on a priest to perform last rites. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 This normally includes bathing and dressing the body, administering last rites, cremation, a 13-day period of mourning, and spreading the ashes over a body of water. Brahmjot Kaur, NBC News, 12 May 2023 The doctors, in need of a miracle, installed a pacemaker and called a priest to give the child last rites. Chicago Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 Last month, Gutierrez’s attorneys filed a complaint in federal court alleging the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was violating his right to practice his religion by denying his request to have his priest touch his shoulder, pray out loud and perform last rites when he was executed. Juan A. Lozano, Chron, 16 Sep. 2021 O'Grady delivered last rites, a religious ceremony to commend the dying, to Beau Biden at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 17 Apr. 2023 Her family even struggled getting last rites. USA Today, 14 May 2021 In a chilling moment, Jamie Lynn described how the priest in the ICU began to put oil on Maddie’s head and read her last rites when her daughter sat up and began to kick. Check out some clips from the interview below and see more of the conversation on Nightline tonight. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 12 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of last rites was in 1611

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“Last rites.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/last%20rites. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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