Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The study of death and dying, especially in their psychological and social aspects.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The doctrine of death; a discourse on death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A description, or the doctrine, of death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun psychology The study of human aspects of death and the associated grief and rituals.

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

  • noun the branch of science that studies death (especially its social and psychological aspects)

Etymologies

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

[Greek thanatos, death + –logy.]

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From thanato- + -ology.

Examples

  • 'thanatology', haven't see that word used since Heinlein died, which is what will happen to all of us if we don't get it together folks!

    Crapometer Questions 3

  • She founded the palliative medical field of music -- thanatology and the Chalice of Repose Project, which trains teachers in palliative music vigils with the dying.

    Alison Rose Levy: What Would You Do If You Did Not Fear Death?

  • In addition to holding yearly conferences, ADEC is also in the business of minting grief specialists with a certificate in thanatology, or awarding them a CT.

    The Truth About Grief

  • Using personal experience or anecdote instead of research to guide treatment has been a big problem with applied thanatology all along.

    The Truth About Grief

  • In addition to holding yearly conferences, ADEC is also in the business of minting grief specialists with a certificate in thanatology, or awarding them a CT.

    The Truth About Grief

  • Using personal experience or anecdote instead of research to guide treatment has been a big problem with applied thanatology all along.

    The Truth About Grief

  • If they really want to know the reason why, says Edwin Shneidman, professor emeritus of thanatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, they will have to perform what he calls a "psychological autopsy" -- a search, not for an underlying illness, but for the triggering events that opened Foster's despair like a trapdoor.

    The Mystery Of The White House Suicide

  • The rest of the books were too clinical, written by some PhD in psychology or some “expert” in thanatology.

    The Life You Longed For

  • The rest of the books were too clinical, written by some PhD in psychology or some “expert” in thanatology.

    The Life You Longed For

  • The rest of the books were too clinical, written by some PhD in psychology or some “expert” in thanatology.

    The Life You Longed For

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