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
Not much depth to their obituary of a rare human being.
Similarly, it was clear that the public option was dead long before its obituary ran.
Read an historical obituary or a celebrity obituary.
But it may be too early to write the industry's obituary.
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