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last rites

noun, Roman Catholic Church
Origin of last rites
1925-1930
1925-30
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  • When my sister mounted the scaffold there was no priest to administer the last rites.

  • The last rites were performed over the man who might be dead already.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The last rites freed one from life for an afterlife in which the deceased still watched over the living faithful.

  • On the following day at noon, he received the last rites of the church.

    Beethoven George Alexander Fischer
  • He saw the last rites performed to Saville, and he was present at the opening of the will.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The beginning of his funeral ceremonies was not conducted so decently as the last rites.

  • Here in a little weathered house the last rites and services to the deceased were held.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • The simple confession had been heard, and he sought the aid of Christina in performing the last rites of the Church.

    The Dove in the Eagle's Nest Charlotte M. Yonge
  • One of them did; and kneeling near his coffin the poor wretch received the last rites of the church of Rome.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for last rites

last rites

plural noun
1.
(Christianity) religious rites prescribed for those close to death
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