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last rites

noun, Roman Catholic Church
Origin of last rites
1925-30 Unabridged
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  • Busby was terribly injured and was administered last rites but survived.
  • He also performed the last rites for many of the fallen.
  • And then the priest was going to give me my last rites.
  • His own health was so poor that priests pronounced his last rites on several different occasions.
British Dictionary definitions for last rites

last rites

plural noun
(Christianity) religious rites prescribed for those close to death
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