American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute, especially one maintained by a monastic order.
- n. A program that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient's home.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house of entertainment and refuge for strangers; especially, such an establishment kept by monks on some passes in the Alps to give shelter and aid to travelers. Originally they were probably for pilgrims on the journey to Rome. The best-known hospice is that of the Great St. Bernard.
- n. uncountable The provision of palliative care for terminally ill patients, either at a specialized facility or at a residence, and support for the family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.
- n. countable A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill.
- n. countable, dated A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A convent or monastery which is also a place of refuge or entertainment for travelers on some difficult road or pass, as in the Alps. Bernard.
- n. a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)
- n. a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill
- From French hospice, from Old French hospise, from Latin hospitium ("hospitality, an inn"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, from Latin hospitium, hospitality, from hospes, hospit-, host; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term hospice began to be applied only to institutions in which travellers were harboured.”
“We can say the word "hospice" and ask for a referral.”
“The word hospice, which is still normally associated with Ty Hafan, is misleading, as Mr Hurcombe points out.”
“At the moment, we perceive that there's an unmet demand because either families don't know about us or they have reticence about approaching us because of this term hospice," Mr Hurcombe said.”
“I called hospice, and they told me to administer more morphine to calm his breathing and that they would send a nurse by to check on him.”
“DETROIT — Former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks, Calif. home for complications resulting from dementia.”
“DETROIT mdash; Former Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson has been placed in hospice care at his Thousand Oaks, Calif. home for complications ...”
“He died at home, in hospice care, 6 months after my grandmother died.”
“Ill with various forms of cancer, Dominic Joseph Starsia had been in hospice care since February, the school said.”
“And something inside me really wishes you would get what you want, so the last thing that would go through your mind while restrained in hospice would be “What in the hell was I thinking?””
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