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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
late 14c., from O.Fr. commemoration, from L. commemorationem, from commemorare "to call to mind," from com- intens. prefix + memorare "to remind," from memor "mindful of" (see memory).
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