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

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Examples of obit in a Sentence

she reads the obits as soon as she gets her morning paper
Recent Examples on the Web The Empress on The Style Invitational’s annual obit poem contests Since 1997, The Style Invitational has been doing contests commemorating the year’s new ex-people. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1417: Auld Lang sign-off," 30 Dec. 2020 The obit echoes similar fierce criticism from an Arizona father's obituary written by his daughter, Kristin Urquiza. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Obituary of Kansas COVID-19 victim blasts anti-maskers," 4 Dec. 2020 He is survived by his wife Dr. Maria Bustamante and their two children, Abraham Galo and Ulysses Samuel, and his mother Sally Diane Adams, the obit stated. Segann March, The Enquirer, "Celebration of life planned for attorney Steven Adams killed in hit-skip crash," 5 Nov. 2020 When the phone rings, Ethelrida puts everything away, pockets the ring and Huddle obit, and bolts — in the process accidentally leaving her notebook on a closet shelf. Nick Schager,, "Fargo recap: American family values," 12 Oct. 2020 Andy had four grandchildren at his time of death, his obit read. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli a self-proclaimed 'GM brat'," 7 Oct. 2020 Losing five in a row during a 60-game season is supposed to cue obit writers to sharpen pencils. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Grand slam feast continues as Padres flash thrilling, historic power," 20 Aug. 2020 He is survived by his wife and five children, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends, according to the obit. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Texas wife blames Trump and Gov. Abbott for husband's COVID-19 death in viral obituary," 4 Aug. 2020 The issue contains the obit, appreciation, reflections from civil rights veterans and younger activists. Nichelle Smith, USA TODAY, "Column: John Lewis pledged his heart and body to redeem a nation's soul," 30 July 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Obit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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