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memento mori

[muh-men-toh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, mawr-ee, mohr-ee; for 1 also Latin me-men-toh moh-ree] /məˈmɛn toʊ ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, ˈmɔr i, ˈmoʊr i; for 1 also Latin mɛˈmɛn toʊ ˈmoʊ ri/
noun, plural memento mori for 2.
1.
(italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
2.
an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin mementō morī
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memento mori

/ˈmɔːriː/
noun
1.
an object, such as a skull, intended to remind people of the inevitability of death
Word Origin
C16: Latin: remember you must die
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Word Origin and History for memento mori
n.

"reminder of death," 1590s, Latin, literally "remember that you must die."

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