last rites


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last rites

pl.n.
Rites performed for a person in danger of dying or in connection with burial, as the Anointing of the Sick in the Roman Catholic Church.

last rites

pl n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity religious rites prescribed for those close to death

last′ rites′


n.pl.
religious rites performed for the dying or the dead.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.last rites - a Catholic sacramentlast rites - a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation
sacrament - a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction
2.last rites - rites performed in connection with a death or burial
religious rite, rite - an established ceremony prescribed by a religion; "the rite of baptism"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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last rites

npl últimos ritos
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At almost the same hour the monks of the Abbey of Leicester performed the last rites of Holy Church for the peace of the soul of Father Claude and consigned his clay to the churchyard.
"And if all who looked upon him were driven mad, who then was there to perform the last rites or prepare the body of the Jeddak for them?"
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While sympathizing with grieved families, Geelani said in his message of condolence that we equally share their grief and sorrow and added that for those, not able to attend the last rites of their dear ones grief and tragedies are more painful for them, the report said.
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