Necrolatry

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Necrolatry The worship of the dead; manes worship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n necrolatry Worship of the dead; worship of the spirits of the dead, or of ancestors; excessive veneration or sentimental reverence toward the dead.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Necrolatry nek-rol′a-tri worship of the dead
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. nekro`s a dead person + to worship
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. nekros, dead.

Usage

In literature:

It was a form of necrolatry, or hero worship.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
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