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 (sĕr′ə-mənt, sîr′mənt)
1. Cerecloth.
2. often cerements A burial garment.


1. (Textiles) another name for cerecloth
2. any burial clothes
[C17: from French cirement, from cirer to wax; see cere2]


(ˈsɪərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ)

n., pl. -cloths (-ˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs)
cloth treated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead.
[1400–50; earlier cered cloth; see cere2]

cerement, cerements

the cloth or clothing in which the dead are wrapped for burial or other form of funeral.
See also: Burial, Clothing, Death
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cerement - burial garment in which a corpse is wrappedcerement - burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
burial garment - cloth used to cover a corpse in preparation for burial
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when thy tired limbs were fain to keep The purple cerements of sleep, Thy dim beloved form Passed from the sunshine warm, From the corrupting earth, that sought to hold Its beauty, to the essence of pure gold.
T was something like the burst from death to life; From the grave's cerements to the robes of heaven; From sin's dominion, and from passion's strife, To the pure freedom of a soul forgiven; Where all the bonds of death and hell are riven, And mortal puts on immortality, When Mercy's hand hath turned the golden key, And Mercy's voice hath said, Rejoice, thy soul is free.
Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave cerements and corpse-like mask, which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
The ghost of Athelstane himself would burst his bloody cerements and stand before us to forbid such dishonour to his memory.
The figure stopped, and at the moment a ray of moonlight fell upon the masses of driving clouds, and showed in startling prominence a dark-haired woman, dressed in the cerements of the grave.
The coffin was forced, the cerements torn, and the melancholy relics, clad in sackcloth, after being rattled for hours on moonless byways, were at length exposed to uttermost indignities before a class of gaping boys.
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It is the only active cerement plant in Afghanistan and the lease for the enterprise was granted to the AIC for 49 years seven years back.
He said that residents of the district had been kept deprived of the royalty of Qaboolkhel project and the due share in the profit/bonus of Lucky Cerement factory.
The tennure, the dervish's outfit, symbolises his cerement, and the cardigan he wears symbolises his tomb.
16) Resolving March's anxiety about what to do with the fox-skin--its use as a fur-trophy is under ban--it functions instead as a death-shroud that "seemed to make a whole ruddy, fiery coverlet," a single cerement that wraps the two bodies together.
There will be at least 120 world leaders to represent their respective nations at the opening cerement in the evening.