sepulcher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sepulcher a chamber that is used as a grave
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sepulcher The place in which the dead body of a human being is interred, or a place set apart for that purpose; a grave; a tomb. "The stony entrance of this sepulcher .""The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher ."
    • v. t Sepulcher To bury; to inter; to entomb; as, obscurely sepulchered . "And so sepulchered in such pomp dost lie
      That kings for such a tomb would wish to die."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sepulcher A tomb; a cave, building, etc., for interment; a burial-vault.
    • n sepulcher In eccles. arch., a recess in some early churches, in which were placed on Good Friday, with appropriate ceremonies, the cross, the reserved sacrament, and the sacramental plate, and from which they were taken at high mass on Easter, to typify the burial and resurrection of Christ.
    • sepulcher To bury; inter; entomb.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sepulcre, OF. sepulcre, F. sépulcre, fr. L. sepulcrum, sepulchrum, fr. sepelire, to bury

Usage

In literature:

The giant slept the eternal sleep, in the sepulcher which God had made to his measure.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
And now this room shall be my mortal sepulcher.
"Born Again" by Alfred Lawson
How many pulpits are filled by "whited sepulchers," only the Judgment will disclose.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
We are among the sepulchers of our fathers.
"Standard Selections" by Various
These gallant spirits now lie in untimely sepulcher.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
The beasts and birds will provide her proper sepulcher.
"The Black Wolf's Breed" by Harris Dickson
It is very poetical to realize that life flowers on the sepulcher of death.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
For those who reject and violate it, the law emerges from its musty sepulchers and goes in search of the transgressor.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
Under my breath the nations crouch in sepulchers.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Thebes, Sepulchers of, 99.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
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In poetry:

This preys upon the active lungs,
Which paints the hectic cheek,
And prophecies a sepulcher
For a consumptive freak.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The west builds high a sepulcher
Of cloudy granite and of gold,
Where twilight's priestly hours inter
The Day like some great king of old.
"The Dead Day" by Madison Julius Cawein
"Some women who went to the sepulcher say
That angels assured them he's living this hour,
But they did not see him, and try as we may,
It seems a false rumor of glory and power."
"The Travellers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
To sepulcher my mouldy bones
I bough a pile of noble stones,
And half a year a sculptor spent
To hew my marble monument,
The stateliest to rear its head
In all this city of the dead.
"Two Graves" by Robert W Service
Knowing how in the witless brains of them that were,
The drowsy, wiving worm hath prospered and hath died;
Knowing that, evermore, by moon and sun abide
The standing glooms made stagnant in the sepulcher;
"Alexandrines" by Clark Ashton Smith
The universe is but a sepulcher
For worlds defunct, as earth for living forms!
And thou, O Moon, who hast surveyed all this
Thyself shalt be consumed with fervent heat,
For e'en the firmament shall pass away.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Thank you for your informative update on the restored dome of Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem (Travel Advisory, Feb 9).
Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem.
Roman Catholic clergy in a procession around the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Just as leggings and off-the-shoulder tops re-emerged from some Reagan-era style sepulcher in recent seasons, a similar cycle is redirecting attention to Gilman Village.
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