One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounslang, depreciative, historical
A person whose work relates to or profits from deaths; specifically (a) an undertaker; (b) an obituary writer for a newspaper; (c) a seller of dying speeches or deathbed confessions; (d) a robber of corpses on a battlefield.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Democritus. From death + hunter.
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