encoffinment

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Noun[edit]

encoffinment (plural encoffinments)

  1. The preparation of the body of a deceased person and placement of it in a coffin, especially in a ceremonial or ritualistic manner.
    • 1882, Robert K. Douglas, China, with Map, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, p. 294:
      The encoffinment takes place on the third day after death, in the presence of the assembled family.
    • 2002, Linda Woodhead et al., Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations, ISBN 9780203398494, p. 109:
      In rites of encoffinment, burial and commemoration, all human beings are treated as ghosts.

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