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- An emblematic object or personal ornament, such as a skull, used as a reminder of one's mortality.
- 1995, Klein, Richard, “Introduction”, in Cigarettes are sublime, Paperback edition, Durham: Duke University Press, published 1993, →ISBN, OCLC 613939086, page 8:
- The series of moments [which] the clock records is not only a succession of “nows” but a memento mori diminishing the number of seconds that remain before death.
- memento mori (reminder of mortality)