requiescat

noun
re·​qui·​es·​cat | \ ˌre-kwē-ˈe-ˌskät How to pronounce requiescat (audio) , -ˌkat; ˌrā-kwē-ˈe-ˌskät \

Definition of requiescat

: a prayer for the repose of a dead person

First Known Use of requiescat

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for requiescat

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

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“Requiescat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/requiescat. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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