Definition of Last rites

1. Noun. A Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation.

Exact synonyms: Anointing Of The Sick, Extreme Unction
Generic synonyms: Sacrament

2. Noun. Rites performed in connection with a death or burial.
Generic synonyms: Religious Rite, Rite
Language type: Plural, Plural Form

Definition of Last rites

1. Noun. The catholic sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Last Rites

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last rites (current term)
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Literary usage of Last rites

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mark Twain: The Personal and Literary Life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine (1912)
"... CCXCIV THE last rites IT is not often that a whole world mourns. Nations have often mourned a hero—and races—but perhaps never ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... at the close of the battle he was severely wounded in the neck by a sharpshooter, and received the last rites of the Church on the battle-field. ..."

3. Goldsmith's Roman History by Oliver Goldsmith (1818)
"... and touch the body of the bravest general that ever Home produced." Both joined in giving the corpse the last rites ; and after this they, ..."

4. The History of Rome by Livy (1877)
"His funeral eulogium was pronounced by Caesar Augustus, his step-father, and many honours were added to his last rites. ..."

5. Twenty Years Among Our Hostile Indians: Describing the Characteristics by James Lee Humfreville (1903)
"Funeral Ceremonies—Burial of a Chief—last rites—Final Resting-Place of their ... Large numbers of warriors would assemble to attend the last rites. ..."

6. The History of Rome by Livy (1890)
"... his step-father, and many honours were added to his last rites. FRAGMENTS OF THE HISTORY OF LIVY. TRANSLATED BY WILLIAM A. ..."

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