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 (sĕp′əl-cho͝or′, -chər)
1. The act of interment; burial.
2. A sepulcher.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sepultūra, from sepultus, past participle of sepelīre, to bury the dead.]


1. the act of placing in a sepulchre
2. an archaic word for sepulchre
[C13: via Old French from Latin sepultūra, from sepultus buried, from sepelīre to bury]


(ˈsɛp əl tʃər)

1. burial.
2. sepulcher; tomb.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin sepultūra]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sepulture - the ritual placing of a corpse in a gravesepulture - the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave
funeral - a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"
2.sepulture - a chamber that is used as a gravesepulture - a chamber that is used as a grave  
chamber - a natural or artificial enclosed space
crypt - a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)
tomb, grave - a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone); "he put flowers on his mother's grave"
mausoleum - a large burial chamber, usually above ground
monument, repository - a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
burial vault, vault - a burial chamber (usually underground)


A burial place or receptacle for human remains:
References in classic literature ?
The secret of his sepulture, like that of Moses, must remain
I found my arms swathed down my feet tied so fast that mine ankles ache at the very remembrance the place was utterly dark the oubliette, as I suppose, of their accursed convent, and from the close, stifled, damp smell, I conceive it is also used for a place of sepulture.
I let him have his funeral, though I object to funerals and to the practice of sepulture.
This temporary sepulture is," he said, "that of a man who was of feeble mind, yet one whose reign was full of great events; because over this king watched the spirit of another man, even as this lamp keeps vigil over this coffin and illumines it.
I have before had occasion to remark, that I never saw any of the ordinary signs of a pace of sepulture in the valley, a circumstance which I attributed, at the time, to my living in a particular part of it, and being forbidden to extend my ramble to any considerable distance towards the sea.
Although nothing could be more strange and gloomy than the aspect of these places, where the lofty trees threw their dark shadows over rude blocks of stone, a stranger looking at them would have discerned none of the ordinary evidences of a place of sepulture.
This was held in great reverence by the neighboring Indians, being one of their principal places of sepulture.
That we had lived to see his dust in honored sepulture in the church of Santa Croce we owed to a society of literati, and not to Florence or her rulers.
There was such an affluence of military and other people that up to the place of the sepulture, which was a little chapel on the plain, the road from the city was filled with horsemen and pedestrians in mourning.
And he who at every age, as boy and youth and in mature life, has come out of the trial victorious and pure, shall be appointed a ruler and guardian of the State; he shall be honoured in life and death, and shall receive sepulture and other memorials of honour, the greatest that we have to give.
Venez me voir mourir Venez me voir rotir Comme un vulgaire mechoui Humez mon fumet Sentez l'odeur de ma chair Je serai fumee et poussiere Le vent m'emportera ailleurs Je n'aurai ni epitaphe ni sepulture Personne ne viendra deposer des fleurs Sur ma tombe pour se recueillir On ne dira nulle part: "Ci-git la sorciere
A village church-yard, lying as it does in the lap of Nature, may indeed be most favourably contrasted with that of a town of crowded population; and sepulture therein combines many of the best tendencies which belong to the mode practised by the Ancients, with others peculiar to itself.