One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An object kept as a reminder of the inevitability of death, such as a skull.‘he placed the picture in his room as a memento mori’‘the skulls and bones on monuments were memento mori’
- ‘‘With every celebratory or positive thing, there's always a negative thing, a memento mori,’ says Gibb.’
- ‘I own one of his self-portraits from the 1970s, the one with the skull as a memento mori on the shoulder.’
- ‘One of the few exceptions to the general gaiety is Pulse, a dark, brooding globe with blackened vines and seared leaves, a memento mori that makes you pause in the midst of this feast.’
- ‘The war touched most of the conventional genres in which Picasso worked, notably still life, whose tradition of the memento mori lent itself to contemporary meditations upon death.’
- ‘The juxtaposition of press clippings and grim artefacts offers a memento mori.’
Latin, literally ‘remember (that you have) to die’.
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