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From necro- +‎ -logy.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /nɛˈkɹɒlədʒi/
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necrology (countable and uncountable, plural necrologies)

  1. (church history) A church register containing the names of those connected with the church who have died.
    Synonym: (historical) obituary
  2. A listing of people who have died during a specific period of time.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 366:
      Voltaire and Rousseau died in 1778, d'Alembert in 1783, and Diderot in 1784, while leading salonnières Mesdames du Deffand and d'Épinay passed away in 1780 and 1783. Beneath this sombre necrology, important shifts were occurring in the workings of the public sphere and in the sites in which opinion was constructed.
    • 2006 Marc Fisher; We Loved That Airline To Death; Washington Post
      The fare structure is one reason Independence Air has joined a necrology of low-cost carriers that stretches over four decades.
  3. A notice of death.
    Synonym: obituary
  4. (uncountable) The study of death or the dead.



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