last rites

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last rites pl (plural only)

  1. (religon) Final treatment of a dead man.
    • 1962 December, “Talking of Trains: Brecon cuts begin”, in Modern Railways, page 372:
      [...] withdrawal of the Neath-Brecon passenger service [...] was carried out as scheduled on October 15, when 14 intermediate stations and halts were closed to passengers. [...] Our South Wales correspondent writes that the last rites attracted so many people that a relief had to be run to the 4.10 p.m. from Neath.
    1. The Catholic sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.