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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 / rest for the living; it refers only to the dead.
- Typically found as an epitaph on tombstones.
- 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 M."
- Also often used as an indirect way of stating that someone or something is dead (literally or figuratively), or soon will be.
- Can be followed by a date or a year, which is the date or year of death.
- The stereotypical representation of a grave (e.g. in Halloween decorations, cartoons, etc) is a tuft of land with an upright tombstone with R.I.P. engraved on it.
abbreviation: rest in peace
RIP (plural RIPs)