necrolatry

noun

ne·​crol·​a·​try
-ri
plural -es
: superstitious worship or veneration of the dead

Word History

Etymology

Late Greek nekrolatreia, from Greek nekr- necr- + -latreia -latry

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of necrolatry was in 1728

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“Necrolatry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/necrolatry. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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