obituary

noun
obit·​u·​ary | \ ə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē , ō-, -ˈbi-chə-rē\
plural obituaries

Definition of obituary

: a notice of a person's death usually with a short biographical account

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Other Words from obituary

obituarist \ ə-​ˈbi-​chə-​ˌwər-​ist , -​ˈbi-​chə-​rist , ō-​ \ noun
obituary adjective

Synonyms for obituary

Synonyms

necrology, obit

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Examples of obituary in a Sentence

I read her obituary in the newspaper. several obituaries for Herman Melville portrayed him as an obscure, largely forgotten author

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The obituary also links to a GoFundMe page for the Matthias family. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018 The New York Times described the invention in its obituary for Berezin this way: Its keyboard and printer was an I.B.M. Selectric Typewriter with a rattling print head the size of a golf ball. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died this week—she should be remembered," 15 Dec. 2018 The longer this drags on, the greater a percentage of his obituary will be devoted to this, and not to his impressive professional accomplishments. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves’ exit pay," 12 Dec. 2018 Here’s our obituary, and dont’ miss this remembrance from Critic at Large John Scalzi, who saw the complexities of Ellison’s character. Carolyn Kellogg, latimes.com, "Books: Remembering Harlan Ellison, following Robert Frost and more," 30 June 2018 Earlier this year, The New York Times ran a belated obituary, and one of her descendants has been working to raise money for a statue honoring Wells-Barnett. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Confederate group, activists hold competing ceremonies at Oak Woods Cemetery," 22 Apr. 2018 Please see complete obituary at BarbaraFalowski.com funeral home. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 4/8," 8 Apr. 2018 My mind floats to obituaries, not of great adventurers, but of history’s forgotten idiots. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 That led to a job writing obituaries and later crime news for the paper. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Jim Rogers, Head of a Coal-Burning Utility, Crusaded Against Global Warming," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of obituary

1703, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obituary

borrowed from New Latin obituārium, noun derivative of Medieval Latin obituārius "of death, recording records or dates of death," from Latin obitu-, stem of obitus "death" + -ārius -ary entry 2 — more at obit

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obiter dictum

obitual

obituarize

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obj

object

objectable

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The first known use of obituary was in 1703

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obituary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of obituary

: an article in a newspaper about the life of someone who has died recently

obituary

noun
obit·​u·​ary | \ ō-ˈbi-chə-ˌwer-ē \
plural obituaries

Kids Definition of obituary

: a notice of a person's death (as in a newspaper)

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