thanatopsis

[than-uh-top-sis]
noun
1.
a view or contemplation of death.
2.
(initial capital letter, italics) a poem (1817) by William Cullen Bryant.

Origin:
thanat(o)- + -opsis

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thanatopsis (ˌθænəˈtɒpsɪs)
 
n
a meditation on death, as in a poem
 
[C19: from Greek thanatos death + opsis a view]

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