Grim Reaper

Grim Reaper

noun
the personification of death as a man or cloaked skeleton holding a scythe.

Origin:
1925–30

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Grim Reaper definition


A figure commonly used to represent death. The Grim Reaper is a skeleton or solemn-looking man carrying a scythe, who cuts off people's lives as though he were harvesting grain.

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