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- Rest in peace.
- When he died he received hundreds of letters signed with RIP at the end.
- 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
abbreviation: rest in peace
RIP (plural RIPs)