• WordNet 3.6
    • n obituary a notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • obituary (R. C. Ch) A list of the dead, or a register of anniversary days when service is performed for the dead.
    • obituary A notice of the death of a person, published in a newspaper or other periodical, accompanied by a biographical sketch which may be brief ro extended; as, the funeral director arranged placed an obituary in the local papaer.
    • a Obituary Of or pertaining to the death of a person or persons; as, an obituary notice; obituary poetry.
    • obituary That which pertains to, or is called forth by, the obit or death of a person; esp., an account of a deceased person.
    • obituary The section of a newspaper in which obituaries{2} are printed; as, I saw the notice of his death in the obituaries .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obituary Of or relating to the death of a person or persons: as, an obituary notice.
    • n obituary A list of the dead; also, a register of obitual anniversary days, when service is performed for the dead.
    • n obituary An account of persons deceased; notice of the death of a person, often accompanied with a brief biographical sketch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obituary relating to the death of a person or persons
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  • Harry Hershfield
    Harry Hershfield
    “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “An autobiography is an obituary in serial form with the last installment missing.”
  • Philip Guedalla
    Philip Guedalla
    “Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.”
  • Clarence Darrow
    “I never wanted to see anybody die, but there are a few obituary notices I have read with pleasure.”
  • Brendan F. Behan
    Brendan F. Behan
    “There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. obituaire,. See Obit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. obitusobīreob, to, īre, to go.


In literature:

After this the weekly obituary of foxes increased permanently in number.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
The obituary of 1829 will not record a name more gifted or more dear!
"On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening," by Samuel Felton
Earthquakes abroad are dreadful occurrences, and blot out the obituary.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
The obituary by Prof. G.A.J.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
See the obituary notice by the Rev.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
The obituary of a famous general failed to detain his attention.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
Obituary notices appeared in the newspapers, and letters and telegrams of condolence poured in.
"On the right of the British line" by Gilbert Nobbs
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Of course I shall not mention the circumstance in my obituary of Banfield.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
In writing obituaries the reporter must use the greatest care, for it is very easy to offend the family of the subject of the obituary.
"The Style Book of The Detroit News" by The Detroit News
And his tears wet the type as he set up a brief obituary notice.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
It was all false as an obituary.
"The Perfume of Eros: A Fifth Avenue Incident" by Edgar Saltus
She felt as a man might who reads his own obituary notices.
"Patricia Brent, Spinster" by Herbert Jenkins
Opening the paper, Michael saw an obituary notice of the Earl of Saxby.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
It was a strange experience, this reading of his own obituary notices, but it agreed with his mood.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
One man was much puzzled by the original obituary notice and the semi-official statement supplied by the solicitors.
"A Mysterious Disappearance" by Gordon Holmes
He directed my attention to the obituary notice of H.E.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
For the past few days obituaries of the Hon.
"The Pace That Kills" by Edgar Saltus
As leader-writer he is unequalled, and as a writer of obituary notices he is unsurpassable.
"Sinn Fein" by P. S. O'Hegarty
We read of Turgenev who was arrested and exiled to his distant estates for writing a brief obituary notice of Gogol.
"Comrade Kropotkin" by Victor Robinson

In news:

PINE TOWNSHIP — Obituary was published April 28, 2010.
News Obituaries Gordon Winfred Scott.
A full obituary will appear in Thursday's edition of The Post-Journal.
Published in Obituaries on September 19, 2012 1:50 PM.
News Obituaries Frances Ellen Woodhouse "Francie" Guthridge.
Visit to share words of comfort and view the full obituary.
As your Aug 1 obituary of Harvey Fox notes, my father, Nathan (Toddy) Elkus, was one of those to whom the zoot suit has been attributed.
For past obituaries, see dates below.
Kalamazoo-area obituaries today: Harriet Hoyt, 66, active in VFW, Eagles, Moose lodges.
Morristown and Lakeway Area of TN News, Newspaper, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Engagement, Obituaries, Births, Government, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Lakeway Area, Advertising in Morristown TN.
News News Obituaries Alba Maria (Baldocci) Bolcioni.
Re "Pianist pushed jazz boundaries," Obituary, Dec 6.
L Case & Company Funeral obituary.
A complete obituary will follow in a later edition of the Mirror.
Obituary Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

In science:

Another telling example is the obituary of Fritz Zwicky, written by Cecilia Payne-Goposchkin348 in 1974.
From Messier to Abell: 200 years of science with galaxy clusters
Hard to know whether an obituary is a good thing or not.
Astrophysics in 2006
Edwards for helpful discussions relating to the early history of linkage analysis (10), and for the information provided by his obituary of C. A. B.
1953: An unrecognized summit in human genetic linkage analysis
In retrospect, very much like Einstein who wrote his own obituary at the age of 68, this paper happened to become Landau’s obituary as well.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
In his obituary, Landau was concerned about the future of high energy physics leaving aside predictions for other branches of physics.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
Moreover, Ugo Amaldi’s wish was that no obituary of him had to be diffused after his death.
A Translation of the T. Levi-Civita paper: Interpretazione Gruppale degli Integrali di un Sistema Canonico Rend. Acc. Lincei, s. 3^a, vol. VII, 2^o sem. 1899, pp. 235--238
Obituaries by Peter Bickel (2009) and David Brillinger (2010) provide additional information about the life and work of Erich L.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
Surprisingly, Gore was afforded only a very brief obituary in JBAA (9) and today he is known by rather few members of the Association.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
It spite of detailed obituaries appearing elsewhere, Gore‘s JBAA obituary only ran to a few lines.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
The MNRAS obituary makes this suggestion, which was repeated in A.P.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
All the obituaries mentioned in the introduction mention the Grafton Street accident.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness