Definitions

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

  • n. A meditation upon death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. contemplation of death

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A view of death; a meditation on the subject of death.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A view or contemplation of death.

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

  • n. an essay expressing a view on the subject of death

Etymologies

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

Greek thanatos, death + -opsis.

Examples

  • As the countdown continued and the ritual of docile thanatopsis became more intense, Matt and Emily began to edge away from their half-mesmerized guards, pushing Eve in the antigrav chair and keeping close to the outer ring of lepidos.

    Perseus Spur

  • After they are informed of the situation, Administrator Ru Lokinak will lead us in the ritual of docile thanatopsis, since there is no Anointed Elder in the company.

    Perseus Spur

  • It had to be the Haluk thanatopsis — their death meditation.

    Perseus Spur

  • Faintly, I heard the sound of the thanatopsis chant.

    Perseus Spur

  • This intimate thanatopsis had made him hard and he almost regretted having killed the Chinese boy.

    The Ninja

  • The pie list swelled; the richer puddings had vanished; the sausage, with his drapery wrapped about him, barely lingered in a pleasant thanatopsis with the buckwheats and the sweet but doomed maple.

    The Four Million

  • NBC’s airing of Cho Seung-Hui’s ranting thanatopsis isn't anything media wouldn't have run with 200 years ago.

    What Boundaries of Openness?

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