Definition of requiescat in English:



  • A wish or prayer for the repose of a dead person.

    • ‘In case I forget to say it later, requiescat in pace.’
    • ‘When I go to work each day in the Hugo Black courthouse and see the bust of that judge in the rotunda, I cannot help but say the prayer for Father Coyle that he used as the title of a poem: requiescat in pace.’
    • ‘Hugh Reilly writes a piece entitled ‘May the Latin language requiescat in pace’.’
    • ‘He then relates how even fifty years passes, and still no one discovers this murder, triumphantly declaring of Fortunato ‘In pace requiescat,’ ‘May he rest in peace.’’


Latin, from requiescat in pace (see RIP).