thanatopsis


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than·a·top·sis

 (thăn′ə-tŏp′sĭs)
n.
A meditation upon death.

[Greek thanatos, death + -opsis.]

thanatopsis

(ˌθænəˈtɒpsɪs)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a meditation on death, as in a poem
[C19: from Greek thanatos death + opsis a view]

thanatopsis

a survey of or meditation upon death.
See also: Death, Meditation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thanatopsis - an essay expressing a view on the subject of death
essay - an analytic or interpretive literary composition
References in classic literature ?
The pie list swelled; the richer puddings had vanished; the sausage, with his drapery wrapped about him, barely lingered in a pleasant thanatopsis with the buckwheats and the sweet but doomed maple.
9) John Lennon and Malcolm Foley, Dark Tourism: the Attraction of Death and Disaster (London: Continuum, 2000); Valene Smith, "War and Tourism: an American Ethnography," Annals of Tourism Research 25 (1998): 202-227; Anthony Seaton, "From Thanatopsis to Thanatourism: Guided by the Dark," Journal of International Heritage Studies 2 (1996): 234-244.
The term derives from the ancient Greek, thanatopsis, which means 'contemplation of death'.