\ ō-ˈbit How to pronounce obit (audio) , ˈō-bət, especially British ˈä-bit How to pronounce obit (audio) \

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she reads the obits as soon as she gets her morning paper
Recent Examples on the Web The obit, for the New York Times, is by Sam Roberts, that master. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 6 Apr. 2022 Her obit ran on Page 1 of the Star, meaning that a humble newsstand operator was laid to rest by two future Pulitzer Prize winners. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Instead of flowers, donations may be made in Hegarty’s memory to the school at 1000 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819, according to the obit. Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant, 7 Apr. 2022 According to the obit, Riggs was the biological child of Brown, 25, and Muriel. Nicholas Rice,, 1 Apr. 2022 Rather, this obit writer is yet another reminder of the many moving, disparate, and often eclectic parts that go into producing The Boston Globe. Brian Mcgrory,, 3 Mar. 2022 Perhaps, your mistake in allowing Pearl’s obit to run has opened up an avenue for readers to further memorize their pet and create a new revenue stream for you. cleveland, 5 Mar. 2022 Clay Risen, of the Times, has written an excellent obit of him, here. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 17 Jan. 2022 And now there’s a need for speed: The obit that comes out first, or at least fast, can win the day. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of obit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obit

in part short for obituary, in part continuing Middle English obit "death, record of a death date, religious service marking a death anniversary," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin obitus, going back to Latin, "approach, encounter, death, setting of a heavenly body," from obi-, stem of obīre "to meet with, visit, meet one's death, die" (from ob- "toward, facing" + īre "to go") + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at ob-, issue entry 1

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The first known use of obit was in the 15th century

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2 May 2022

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“Obit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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