112. Death


See also 63. BURIAL ; 99. CORPSES ; 232. KILLING

autophonomania
an obsession with suicide.
cerement, cerements
the cloth or clothing in which the dead are wrapped for burial or other form of funeral.
cinerarium
a place where the cremated remains of the dead are stored. — cinerary , adj.
columbarium
a vault where the remains of cremated bodies are kept, usually in one of a number of recesses in a wall.
crematorium, crematory
a place where cremations are done.
epitaph
1. an inscription on a monument, as on a gravestone.
2. a short piece of prose or verse written in honor of a dead person. — epitaphial, epitaphian, epitaphic, adj.
euthanasia
the deliberate killing of painfully ill or terminally ill people to put them out of their misery. Also called mercy killing .
ktenology
the science of putting people to death.
moribundity
1. the state or quality of being on the verge of death.
2. close to extinction or stagnant. — moribund , adj.
myriologue
an improvised funeral song, composed for the dead and sung by women in modern Greece. — myriologist , n. myriologic , myriological, adj.
necrolatry
the worship of the dead.
necrology
1. an announcement of death; obituary.
2. a list of persons who have died within a certain time. Also necrologue . — necrologist , n.
necromancy
1. the magie practiced by a witch or sorcerer.
2. a form of divination through communication with the dead; the black art. Also nigromancy . — necromancer , necromant, nigromancien, n. necromantie , adj.
necromania
an obsession with death or the dead.
necromimesis
an abnormal condition in which a person believes himself dead.
necrophilia, necrophilism
an abnormal, often sexual attraction toward the dead or a dead body. — necrophile , n.
necrophobia
an abnormal fear of death. Also called thanatophobia .
necrosis
the death or decay of body tissue, the result of loss of blood supply or trauma. — necrotic , adj.
nerterology
Rare. any learning that pertains to the dead.
ossuarium
a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead. Also called ossuary .
taphophilia, taphephilia
an excessive interest in graves and cemeteries.
thanatoid
resembling death; deathly.
thanatology
the study of death or the dead. Also thanatism. thanatological, adj.
thanatomania
an obsession with death. See also necromania .
thanatophobia
necrophobia.
thanatopsis
a survey of or meditation upon death.
viaticum
the Eucharist given to one about to die; last rites or extreme unction. — viatic, viatical, adj.

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