memento mori

Definitions

  • MEMENTO MORI
    MEMENTO MORI
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n memento mori a reminder (as a death's head) of your mortality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Memento mori Lit., remember to die, i.e., that you must die; a warning to be prepared for death; an object, as a death's-head or a personal ornament, usually emblematic, used as a reminder of death.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Memento mori remember death: an ornament by its form reminding one of death
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., imper. of meminisse, to remember.

Usage

In literature:

Father and I found it useful... a sort of memento mori.
"The Naturewoman" by Upton Sinclair
The memento mori when I would fain forget.
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
A great man must keep his heir at his feast like a living memento mori.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
His memento mori was in his bed-chamber, and sat by him at his frugal meal.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) Old Portraits, Modern Sketches, Personal Sketches and Tributes, Historical Papers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
His memento mori was in his bed-chamber, and sat by him at his frugal meal.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
On the face of a rich man's heir is written the rich man's memento mori!
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
It was quite natural, a commonplace of Havana; but rather than a picture of familiar life, it resembled the memento mori of a grotto.
"San Cristóbal de la Habana" by Joseph Hergesheimer
MEMENTO MORI (L.), remember that you must die.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
Death leading an old man with a crutch, near a charnel-house, inscribed MEMENTO MORI.
"The Dance of Death" by Francis Douce
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In poetry:

Love well! love truly! and love fast!
True love evades the dilatory.
Life's bloom flares like a meteor past;
A joy so dazzling cannot last--
Memento mori.
"A Phylactery" by John Hay
Stop not to pluck the leaves of bay
That greenly deck the path of glory,
The wreath will wither if you stay,
So pass along your earnest way--
Memento mori.
"A Phylactery" by John Hay
Wise men I hold those rakes of old
Who, as we read in antique story,
When lyres were struck and wine was poured,
Set the white Death's Head on the board--
Memento mori.
"A Phylactery" by John Hay
When Old Age comes with muffled drums,
That beat to sleep our tired life's story,
On thoughts of dying, (Rest is good!)
Like old snakes coiled i' the sun, we brood--
Memento mori.
"A Phylactery" by John Hay

In news:

Salman Rushdie and Memento Mori.
Salman Rushdie and Memento Mori .
"All photographs are memento mori ," Susan Sontag wrote in On Photography (1977), her groundbreaking collection of essays.
Salman Rushdie and Memento Mori.
Streets echo with repeated cry of " Memento mori - remember death.".
The memento mori has long appeared in fine art.
While the Romans gave us "Memento mori," a somber reminder of inescapable fate, Latin-American cultures have given us a more cheerful take on the final chapter.
Fashion statement or memento mori.
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