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Last rites   /læst raɪts/   Listen
Last rites

A Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation.  Synonyms: anointing of the sick, extreme unction.
Rites performed in connection with a death or burial.

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"Last rites" Quotes from Famous Books

... with more feeling than might have been expected from a lawyer (but even his lawyer loved Sir Miles), Mr. Parchmount observed that "as the deceased lay at a hotel, and as Miss Clavering's presence would not be needed in the performance of the last rites, she would probably forbear the journey to town. Nevertheless, as it was Sir Miles's wish that the will should be opened as soon as possible after his death, and it would doubtless contain instructions as to his funeral, it would be well that Miss Clavering and her sister ...
— Lucretia, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... last rites of love and respect had been paid to the remains of his father, Paul roused himself from his stupor, and began to examine the future. At the death bed of his parent he had received a solemn charge, and he carefully ...
— Little By Little - or, The Cruise of the Flyaway • William Taylor Adams

Words linked to "Last rites" :   plural, anointing of the sick, plural form, rite, religious rite, sacrament

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