noun, plural obituaries.
a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper.
of, pertaining 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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obituary (əˈbɪtjʊərɪ)
n , pl -aries
a published announcement of a death, often accompanied by a short biography of the dead person
[C18: from Medieval Latin obituārius, from Latin obīre to fall, from ob- down + īre to go]

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Word Origin & History

1706, "register of deaths," from M.L. obituarius "a record of the death of a person," lit. "pertaining to death," from L. obitus "departure, a going to meet, encounter" (a euphemism for "death"), from stem of obire "go to meet" (as in mortem obire "meet death"), from ob "to, toward" + ire "go." Meaning
"record or announcement of a death, esp. in a newspaper, and including a brief biographical sketch" is from 1738. A similar euphemism is in O.E. cognate forðfaran "to die," lit. "to go forth."
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Example sentences
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.
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