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commemoration

[kuh-mem-uh-rey-shuh n] /kəˌmɛm əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of commemorating.
2.
a service, celebration, etc., in memory of some person or event.
3.
a memorial.
4.
(in many Christian churches) a special service or prayer for commemorating the lesser feast on days on which two feasts of unequal rank are celebrated.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin commemorātiōn- (stem of commemorātiō), equivalent to commemorāt(us) (see commemorate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
commemorational, adjective
noncommemoration, noun
noncommemorational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for commemorational

commemoration

n.

late 14c., "a calling to mind," also "service or church festival commemorating something," from Old French comemoration, from Latin commemorationem (nominative commemoratio) "reminding, mention," noun of action from past participle stem of commemorare "to call to mind," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + memorare "to remind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory).

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