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See also: rip
- Rest in peace.
- When he died his family received hundreds of letters signed with RIP at the end.
- Usually 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.
- The phrase is sometimes used as an epithet when referring to a deceased person, as in “This university was founded by Thomas Jefferson, RIP.”
- Can be used as an imperative verb: "She died in a car accident last week. RIP 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