dormition

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From Middle French dormition, from Latin dormītiōnem.

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dormition (plural dormitions)

  1. The process of falling asleep.
  2. (euphemistic) The process of death or the actual death itself.
  3. (Eastern Orthodoxy, often capitalized) The death and assumption into heaven of the Virgin Mary.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 507:
      The Virgin had allegedly given away her robe just before her death – what is in Eastern tradition called her Dormition, or falling asleep.

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