Definition of necropolis in English:



  • A cemetery, especially a large one belonging to an ancient city.

    • ‘Further, in many cases temple overseers were laymen attached to other state services, and the necropolis workmen (a state body) were frequently given food provisions by the temples.’
    • ‘In 1964, a group of archaeologists discovered an Egyptian tomb in the necropolis of Saqqara.’
    • ‘Rehabilitating the necropolis is clearly a priority with the culture department, and it is obvious that any sustainable effort in this regard can only be done in conjunction with the Tourism department.’
    • ‘In Ethiopia the concept of tombs has been traced back 3,700 years with the discovery of a stone necropolis in the south-eastern area of Awash Chercher.’
    • ‘Just 300 metres away are the latest archeological excavations of a necropolis dating back 3000 years…’
    • ‘The aerial campaigns turned many German cities into vast necropolises, resulting in an estimated 600,000 (primarily civilian) deaths and millions of internal refugees.’
    • ‘It studied the cultural level of a chalcolithic population centre and its adjacent necropolis.’
    • ‘They were to lie at rest in specially designed and constructed necropolises.’
    • ‘In all, it is enough memorialising to make you see Lower Manhattan as one vast necropolis.’
    • ‘This car dealer, based near Modena, has decided to preserve a Roman necropolis discovered during construction work for his new location and to make a museum out of it.’
    • ‘The remodelled market is the most recent layer in a rich architectural geology that dates back to a Roman necropolis, unearthed during excavations for the new building.’
    • ‘They battled a fight already lost in the necropolis of what these teenagers knew as home, that was now nothing more then an ocean of volcanic emission.’
    • ‘It is located in the city of Giza, a necropolis of ancient Memphis, and today it is part of Cairo, Egypt.’
    • ‘Nowhere is this more apparent than Westminster abbey, which he established as the royal necropolis.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it's common for exhaustion or storms to defeat many birds before they make it home and they can often be found in large numbers on their sandy necropolises.’
    • ‘This vast necropolis of some two and a half million tombs, some with fractured columns and chipped headstones, still bears witness to the ferocity of second world-war bombing raids.’
    graveyard, churchyard, burial ground, burial place, burying place, burying ground, garden of remembrance
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Early 19th century: from Greek, from nekros ‘dead person’ + polis ‘city’.