One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to a funeral.
solemn, sombre, grave, seriousView synonyms
- ‘The procession was a half mile long numbering nearly a hundred carriages aud was preceded by a military band which discoursed exequial music from the church to the cemetery.’
- ‘She appointed him to perform her exequial rites, setting aside her daughter.’
- ‘On the morrow, three bodies were found exactly alike, each laid out with the same exequial pomp, and each congregation carried off one, which was ever after held in the greatest reverence.’
- ‘The Exequial Mass was held in the Convent Chapel on Monday 7 February, followed by burial in the Pauline enclosure at the Sewri Cemetery.’
- ‘The offender is considered to be dead, and Hindu Law directs the performance of exequial ceremonies for him, as if he were naturally so.’
Early 17th century: from Latin exsequialis, from exsequiae ‘funeral ceremonies’, from exsequi ‘to follow after’: see -al.
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