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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.
(italics) Latin. remember that you must die.
an object, as a skull, serving as a reminder of death or mortality.
Origin of memento mori
1585-95; < Latin mementō morī

dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

[doo l-ke et de-koh-room est proh pah-tree-ah moh-ree; English duhl-see et di-kawr-uh m est proh pey-tree-uh mawr-ahy, mohr-ahy, -kohr-uh m] /ˈdʊl kɛ ɛt dɛˈkoʊ rum ɛst proʊ ˈpɑ triˌɑ ˈmoʊ ri; English ˈdʌl si ɛt dɪˈkɔr əm ɛst proʊ ˈpeɪ tri ə ˈmɔr aɪ, ˈmoʊr aɪ, -ˈkoʊr əm/
sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country. Unabridged
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noun acronym
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memento mori

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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memento mori


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

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