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

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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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The obit also described a young man who enjoyed playing his Xbox and singing bass for a local college choral group. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Family of Dayton gunman apologizes for writing 'insensitive' obituary," 14 Aug. 2019 More than one obit of Hilde Zadek began with the story of her debut. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Hilde Zadek’s Last Wishes," 26 July 2019 According to a 1971 New York Times obit, David Sarnoff was paid a $200,000 a year salary during his reign, and was a large stockholder. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "RCA @100: anniversary of firm that popularized radio, TV and more," 21 July 2019 The second-largest newspaper in the U.S. has come under fire for its obits coverage in the past — both for its ratio of male-to-female obituaries and for its tone. Heidi Stevens,, "NYT runs obits for ‘overlooked’ women on International Women’s Day," 8 Mar. 2018 Since being published earlier this week, the obit has gone viral, likely thanks to the fact that her family chronicled the start of her drug abuse, her subsequent addiction, and many attempts to overcome it. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "This Powerful Obit Is Going Viral Thanks to Its Brutal Honesty About Opioid Addiction," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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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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