Definitions

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

  • n. The act of interment; burial.
  • n. A sepulcher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sepulchre.
  • n. The act of sepulchering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of depositing the dead body of a human being in the grave; burial; interment.
  • n. A sepulcher; a grave; a place of burial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Burial; interment; the act of depositing the dead body of a human being in a burial-place.
  • n. Grave; burial-place; sepulcher; tomb.
  • To bury; entomb; sepulcher.

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

  • n. a chamber that is used as a grave
  • n. the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sepultūra, from sepultus, past participle of sepelīre, to bury the dead.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sepultura. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is said, that the Northumbrian Catholics still keep secret the precise spot of the Saint's sepulture, which is only intrusted to three persons at a time.

    Marmion

  • Thus, the same necessity that forced men to seek the kind of sepulture which gave the longest term of existence to their souls, compelled the gods to the same course.

    History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

  • Not to speak of the tenderness of mothers for their young; and of the dangers they face to screen them from danger; with what reluctance are horses known to trample upon living bodies; one animal never passes unmoved by the dead carcass of another animal of the same species: there are even some who bestow a kind of sepulture upon their dead fellows; and the mournful lowings of cattle, on their entering the slaughterhouse, publish the impression made upon them by the horrible spectacle they are there struck with.

    First Part

  • Not to speak of the tenderness of mothers for their young; and of the dangers they face to screen them from danger; with what reluctance are horses known to trample upon living bodies; one animal never passes unmoved by the dead carcass of another animal of the same species: there are even some who bestow a kind of sepulture upon their dead fellows; and the mournful lowings of cattle, on their entering the slaughter-house, publish the impression made upon them by the horrible spectacle they are there struck with.

    A Discourse Upon the Origin and the Foundation Of The Inequality Among Mankind

  • Shakespeare imbibed that horror of a violation of sepulture which is observable in many parts of his writings. "

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • "They believed that even subversives should receive a Christian sepulture."

    Joseph Huff-Hannon: C.S.I. Buenos Aires: Un-disappearing the Disappeared

  • This indicated the immediate proximity of the place of sepulture.

    Les Miserables

  • None the less, he had set two men to chattering: the porter, in the convent, and he knew the singularities of their parlor, and the grave-digger, at the cemetery, and he was acquainted with the peculiarities of their sepulture; in this way, he possessed a double light on the subject of these nuns, one as to their life, the other as to their death.

    Les Miserables

  • We examine not the old laws of sepulture, exempting certain persons from burial or burning.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • The sepulchral lamps speak nothing less than sepulture, and in their literal draughts prove often obscene and antick pieces.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

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  • "In the matter of sepulture, for instance, I could see no signs of crematoria nor anything suggestive of tombs."
    -H.G. Wells, The Time Machine

    December 17, 2008