re·​qui·​es·​cat ˌre-kwē-ˈe-ˌskät How to pronounce requiescat (audio)
: a prayer for the repose of a dead person

Word History


Latin, may he (or she) rest, from requiescere to rest, from re- + quiescere to be quiet, from quies

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of requiescat was in 1772

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“Requiescat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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