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[oh-bich-oo-er-ee] /oʊˈbɪtʃ uˌɛr i/
noun, plural obituaries.
a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.
of, relating to, or recording a death or deaths:
the obituary page of a newspaper.
1700-10; < Medieval Latin obituārius, equivalent to Latin obitu(s) death (see obit) + -ārius -ary
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obituarist, noun Unabridged
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  • But any age between about sixty and ninety doesn't rate a second glance as you flip through the obituaries.
  • Echoes of it can even be heard in some of her obituaries.
  • Journalists now read the business pages the way octogenarians read the obituaries.
British Dictionary definitions for obituaries


noun (pl) -aries
a published announcement of a death, often accompanied by a short biography of the dead person
Derived Forms
obituarist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin obituārius, from Latin obīre to fall, from ob- down + īre to go
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Word Origin and History for obituaries



1706, "register of deaths," from Medieval Latin obituarius "a record of the death of a person," literally "pertaining to death," from Latin obitus "departure, a going to meet, encounter" (a euphemism for "death"), from stem of obire "go toward, go to meet" (as in mortem obire "meet death"), from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + ire "to go" (see ion). Meaning "record or announcement of a death, especially in a newspaper, and including a brief biographical sketch" is from 1738. As an adjective from 1828. A similar euphemism is in Old English cognate forðfaran "to die," literally "to go forth;" utsið "death," literally "going out, departure."

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