thu·​ri·​ble ˈthu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce thurible (audio)
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Examples of thurible in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re swings a thurible of incense on the coffin of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during the funeral mass at St. Peter's square on Jan. 5, 2023 in Vatican City. Armani Syed, Time, 5 Jan. 2023 Nor is it industrial school or Magdalene Ireland, where the swish of a soutane smothered conscience and humanity, or the swing of a thurible ruled the Irish Catholic world. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 19 May 2017

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Word History


Middle English thurribul, from Latin thuribulum, from thur-, thus incense, from Greek thyos incense, sacrifice, from thyein to sacrifice — more at thyme

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thurible was in the 15th century

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“Thurible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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