memento mori

memento mori

[muh-men-toh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, mawr-ee, mohr-ee; for 1 also Latin me-men-toh moh-ree]
noun, plural memento mori for 2.
1.
(italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
2.
an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin mementō morī

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memento mori (ˈmɔːriː)
 
n
an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death
 
[C16: Latin: remember you must die]

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memento mori
"reminder of death," 1590s, from L., lit. "remember that you must die."
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