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death mask

a cast taken of a person's face after death.
Compare life mask.
Origin of death mask
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • This he turned to lock, then stooped, still with that face as of a death-mask, and deliberately extinguished his lantern.

  • Now the Bust was believed to have been sculptured after a death-mask.

    Shakespeare's Bones C. M. Ingleby
  • For one horrid moment it seemed to Wade that the fixed grimace of the death-mask expressed hideous mirth.

  • We must bear in mind that the sculptor worked from a death-mask, and that the expression was thus a conventional restoration.

  • Maria Addolorata's death-mask rose before her in the moonlight.

  • Lennon's deep-drawn sigh of satisfaction over that death-mask face caught in the midst and turned into a gasp.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • The supreme moment had come for her, and, with a face that was like a death-mask, she raised the silver flask to her lips.

  • But the cause of all this merriment wore only an expression of slightly pained bewilderment on his death-mask of a face.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • His expression was like a death-mask, his brows drawn tight in a little frown and his jaw rigid.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • There was a death-mask of papier-maché on the back of his head with appropriate funereal drapings down the body.

British Dictionary definitions for death-mask

death mask

a cast of a person's face taken shortly after death Compare life mask
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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