from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A meditation upon death.
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- 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
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.
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.
It had to be the Haluk thanatopsis — their death meditation.
Faintly, I heard the sound of the thanatopsis chant.
This intimate thanatopsis had made him hard and he almost regretted having killed the Chinese boy.
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.
NBC’s airing of Cho Seung-Hui’s ranting thanatopsis isn't anything media wouldn't have run with 200 years ago.