American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- prep. In memory of; as a memorial to. Used especially in epitaphs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In memory (of); to the memory (of); as a memorial (to): a phrase often put at the beginning of epitaphs or obituary inscriptions or notices.
- From Latin in memoriam ("into memory"). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin in memoriam, to the memory (of) : in, in, into + memoriam, accusative of memoria, memory. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Et loquutus est princeps pincernarum ad Pharaonem, dicendo, Peccata mea ego reduco in memoriam hodie.”
“I dare say you do not remember "in the abstract," as you say, the pretty air which I caught from Dorothy, and now play regularly every evening by fire-light in memoriam of you both.”
“He gained the medal in memoriam as well as General Alois Siska, former member of the RAF 311th Czechoslovak squadron, who took part in the bombing of Germany, Italy and the occupied areas.”
“This worked out well for me last XMAS with Life On Mars, Charlie's Angels (S1 -- in memoriam of Ms. Farrah), Three's Company's final season, S3 of The Fugitive and a few other titles I received so many of I have yet to check them out nearly five months later.”
“Fajtl in memoriam were among the ten World War Two veterans who were presented with the Czech”
“A. M. Mols and Eric Moormann, eds., Omni pede stare: Saggi architectonici e circumvesuviani in memoriam Jos de Waele Naples: Electa Napoli and Ministeri per i Beni e le Attivit Culturali, 2005, 25156.”
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