an antemortem confession.
If we are to be stuffed, we prefer to have it an ante-mortem performance, don’t we, little dog?
The Master-Knot of Human Fate Ellis Meredith
How much better is ante-mortem charity than post-mortem beneficence.
Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
The latter is certainly much nicer to play with, in the ante-mortem state.
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 4, April 23, 1870 Various
A hush came upon them,53 for it was seen that he was intending to make some kind of an ante-mortem statement.
Whilomville Stories Stephen Crane
Greyerson says so, at least, and when I didn’t believe him he called in Hartt and Bushnell to hold my ante-mortem.
The Destroying Angel Louis Joseph Vance
The dying swan may not sing, but there is no doubt about the ante-mortem Valkyrie song of the whale.
The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
(esp in legal or medical contexts) before death
antemortem an·te·mor·tem (ān’tē-môr’təm)
adjective (Brit) (of a bet) placed before the runners in a race are confirmed
before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War; prewar: the antebellum plantations of Georgia. Contemporary Examples I know Tom Woods is an intriguing writer, and I too love my liberty, but this is no longer the antebellum era. Rand Paul and Nullification Justin Green January 16, 2013 Historical Examples True to her […]
the act of going before; precedence. . Astronomy. (of a planet) apparent retrograde motion. Historical Examples The chief principle, then, of savage science is that antecedence and consequence in time are the same as effect and cause. Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 Andrew Lang God has established an order in nature, a uniformity of […]
the quality or condition of being .