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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A prayer for the repose of the souls of the dead.

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  • n. A prayer for the peaceful repose of the soul of a dead person

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person

Etymologies

Latin, third person sing. present subjunctive of requiēscere, to rest : re-, re- + quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First word of the Latin phrase requiēscat in pāce ("may he/she rest in peace"). The Latin word requiēscat means "he may rest" and is a form of the Latin verb requiēscō ("I rest, I repose"). (Wiktionary)

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