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mortician

[mawr-tish-uh n] /mɔrˈtɪʃ ən/
noun
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; mort(uary) + -ician
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Examples for mortician
  • He approached his harpsichord with the air of a mortician, slightly flexing his long, delicate hands.
  • The mortician will advise on the deposit required for preparation and shipment.
British Dictionary definitions for mortician

mortician

/mɔːˈtɪʃən/
noun
1.
(mainly US) another word for undertaker
Word Origin
C19: from mortuary + -ician, as in physician
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Word Origin and History for mortician
mortician
1895, Amer.Eng., coined from mort(uary) + -ician, as in physician.
"The word 'mortician' is a recent innovation due to a need felt by undertakers for a word more in keeping with, and descriptive of, their calling." ["Literary Digest," Jan. 16, 1915]
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