RIP

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English[edit]

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A death threat, featuring a mocked up epitaph reading R.I.P.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin RIP (requiescat in pace) and an initialism of English rest in peace.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aː(ɹ) aɪ ˈpiː/

Interjection[edit]

RIP

  1. Rest in peace.
    When he died he received hundreds of letters signed with RIP at the end.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Pronounced letter by letter, not as rip
  • The phrase is never used in reference to actual sleep or rest for the living; it refers only to the dead
  • Typically found as an epitaph on a tombstone or in an obituary
  • Also used as an epithet, when referring to a deceased person, as in “This university was founded by Thomas Jefferson, R.I.P..”
  • Can be used as an imperative verb: "She died in a car accident last week. R.I.P., Christy."
  • Also used as an indirect way of stating that someone or something is dead, literally or figuratively
  • Can be followed by a date or a year, which is the date or year of death
  • The symbolic representation of a grave, e.g. for Halloween decorations, cartoons, map markers, is a tuft of grass or earth with an upright tombstone with R.I.P. engraved on it

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Noun[edit]

RIP (plural RIPs)

  1. Routing information protocol, a dynamic routing protocol used in local and wide area networks.

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Italian[edit]

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Abbreviation[edit]

RIP

  1. Initialism of reposi in pace; RIP

Latin[edit]

R. i. p. on a gravestone.

Initialism[edit]

RIP

  1. Requiescat in pace: may he/she rest in peace; RIP.
  2. Requiescant in pace: may they rest in peace; RIP.