mortuary

adjective
mor·​tu·​ary | \ˈmȯr-chə-ˌwer-ē, -chü-ˌer-\

Definition of mortuary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the burial of the dead

2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of death

mortuary

noun
plural mortuaries

Definition of mortuary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place in which dead bodies are kept until burial especially : funeral home

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Synonyms for mortuary

Synonyms: Adjective

dead, deadly, deathly, mortal

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Examples of mortuary in a Sentence

Adjective

the huge department store's mortuary atmosphere in its sad, last weeks of operation

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Thus, especially in slavery but for all people, cemeteries and mortuary ritual assert our humanity - human dignity - just as their desecration represents its denial. Washington Post, "Virginians work to breathe life into black cemeteries," 7 May 2018 The landscaped site recalls the garden cemeteries of 19th-century America, which functioned as sculpture parks of mortuary art and meditative retreats. New York Times, "A Memorial to the Lingering Horror of Lynching," 1 June 2018 Roger Parsons of the 165th Airlift Wing said at the briefing that an interim safety board was securing the crash scene and a mortuary team was traveling from Charleston, S.C., to work with the casualties. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "As many as 9 feared dead as Puerto Rico Air National Guard plane crashes in Georgia," 2 May 2018 The mortuary science establishment license of Cantrell Funeral Homes has been suspended, LARA said. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Michigan funeral home forced to close after moldy bodies, 'deplorable conditions' found," 26 Apr. 2018 Fraud, deceit, or dishonesty, incompetence, and gross negligence in the practice of mortuary science. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Officials: Mold-covered bodies found at Detroit funeral home," 25 Apr. 2018 Visions of a bloody mortuary ritual danced in the head. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Teotihuacan: An ancient Mexican city's remarkable art comes to life at LACMA," 18 Apr. 2018 So has revenue from preparing bodies (another 14%), the main skill taught at mortuary school. The Economist, "Why undertakers are worried," 12 Apr. 2018 Fraud and deceit in obtaining a license or registration; incompetence in the practice of mortuary science, and gross negligence in practicing an occupation. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Rusty machete, fraud lead to shut-down of funeral home Up North, state reports," 7 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As police shared new details of the case, several hundred people crowded into a chapel at a mortuary in Scottsdale to honor Pitt with music, humorous stories and a Hebrew prayer of mourning. CBS News, "Retired detective's hunch leads police to suspected serial killer in Arizona," 5 June 2018 Roberts' body was brought to Premium Mortuary Services, the same mortuary FOX19 NOW has investigated twice in the past several months (after the state board fined them for multiple violations). Stefano Dipietrantonio, Cincinnati.com, "Woman's body has been at mortuary for more than a year," 1 Feb. 2018 The bodies of two dozen children were taken to the government mortuary in Nurpur. Kai Schultz And Russell Goldman, New York Times, "‘Panic, Cries, Chaos’ in India as School Bus Crash Kills 27," 10 Apr. 2018 Away from the cameras’ flash and the eyes of her millions of fans in India, the actress Sridevi’s body made its way to a simple mortuary in the United Arab Emirates, where one man helped sign out her remains to return home. Washington Post, "Indian in UAE helped famed actress Sridevi’s body come home," 28 Feb. 2018 To add exploitation to her misery, at the city mortuary, she was told to pay 20,000 shillings (around $200) to release her son’s body. The Economist, "Crime and punishmentA chilling story from Kenya," 8 Mar. 2018 The body of Nancy Jo Roberts has been at a mortuary for more than a year now. Stefano Dipietrantonio, Cincinnati.com, "Woman's body has been at mortuary for more than a year," 1 Feb. 2018 After his best friend Nahem was killed by a car bomb, Hadi had gone to the mortuary to collect his friend’s body. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "A Surreal Story from Baghdad," 2 Mar. 2018 The boy dubbed Skipper at an early age by his grandmother grew up in a home located above the mortuary, which at the time was at 26th Street and Imperial Avenue. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hartwell Ragsdale III, of prominent San Diego mortuary family, dies at 64," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mortuary

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1865, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mortuary

Adjective

Latin mortuarius of the dead, from mortuus dead

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mortuary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mortuary

: of or relating to death or burial

mortuary

adjective
mor·​tu·​ary | \ˈmȯr-chə-ˌwer-ē \

Medical Definition of mortuary 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the burial of the dead

2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of death

mortuary

noun
plural mortuaries

Medical Definition of mortuary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place in which dead bodies are kept and prepared for burial or cremation

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