\ō-ˈbit, ˈō-bət, especially British ˈä-bit \

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necrology, obituary

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Examples of obit in a Sentence

she reads the obits as soon as she gets her morning paper

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His obit notes his likes: Playing with his sister, his blue bunny, thrash metal music. Fox News, "Obit, memorial service of 5-year-old Iowa boy gets attention," 13 July 2018 And his scrapbooks — filled with some 7,500 obits — found their way to The History Project, a volunteer organization that preserves the history of Boston’s LGBTQ community. Yvonne Abraham,, "One man’s mission to remember and honor those lost to AIDS," 9 June 2018 The vengeful obit quickly went viral, getting re-tweeted over 13,000 times. CBS News, ""We wanted to finally get the last word": Vengeful obit divulges woman's affair," 7 June 2018 Do these tardy tributes make up for the fact that in the allegedly enlightened 2017, the Times’ obit gender mix was still a lopsided 80 percent men and 20 percent women? Karla Peterson,, "Obits where dead women tell their tales," 21 Mar. 2018 Only an adrenaline junkie or a completely unimaginative person could be bored by obits. Diane Stopyra, The Cut, "I’m Obsessed With Reading Strangers’ Obituaries," 30 Apr. 2018 Pitching primarily for Diablos Rojos of Mexico City, Ramon Arano won 334 games and had a career 3.26 ERA, according to his obit. Bob Brookover,, "Reliever Victor Arano's legendary uncle Ramon would be proud of him," 20 Apr. 2018 Dad is a special man who wrote this obit in the first person. Hartford Courant,, "Willie Joseph G. Cardin," 10 Apr. 2018 The premature obit was taken down after a few minutes. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Media / Whoa / News The Sun-Times published a pre-death obituary for Karen Lewis. What’s wrong with that?," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of obit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obit

Middle English death, service marking the anniversary of a death, from Anglo-French, from Latin obitus death, from obire to go to meet, die, from ob- in the way + ire to go — more at issue entry 1

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playful or foolish behavior

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