before death:
an antemortem confession.
Historical Examples

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

adjective, adverb
(esp in legal or medical contexts) before death

antemortem an·te·mor·tem (ān’tē-môr’təm)
Before death.


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