Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

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.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for death-mask
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for death mask

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for death

Scrabble Words With Friends