the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies.
a funeral procession.
of or relating to a funeral:
funeral services; funeral expenses.
be someone’s funeral, Informal. to have unpleasant consequences for someone:
If you don’t finish the work on time, it will be your funeral!
Another result was a line of TV news trucks and a scrum of photographers outside the funeral as the church filled to overflowing.
The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops Michael Daly July 23, 2014
The police will be taking every precaution to make the funeral tomorrow and the London Marathon go ahead.
London Marathon on High Alert Jamie Dettmer April 16, 2013
Netanyahu promised retaliation in his speech to mourners at the funeral for the three.
The Seeds of the Next Intifada Jesse Rosenfeld July 6, 2014
Both men were dressed like funeral directors, in dark suits, white shirts, and somber ties.
For President Obama, a Cautious, Sober Night of Comedy Lloyd Grove October 18, 2012
Prince Charles is representing the Queen at Mandela’s funeral on Sunday.
How Nelson Mandela Called The Queen ‘Elizabeth’ And Commented On Her Weight Tom Sykes December 9, 2013
And Rupert said he would like to go to the funeral, if he may.
Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
Renny, give me that revolver, and I’ll show you more fun than a funeral.
In the Midst of Alarms Robert Barr
There will be the funeral and we shall have to take in some of the folks, I know.
A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas
Knock at the door, whence the sable line of the funeral is next to issue!
Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
III.86 the order of his funeral: the course of the funeral ceremonies.
The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
(as modifier): a funeral service
a procession of people escorting a corpse to burial
(informal) worry; concern; affair: that’s your funeral
mid-15c., from Middle French funérailles (plural) “funeral rites” (15c.), from Medieval Latin funeralia “funeral rites,” originally neuter plural of Late Latin funeralis “having to do with a funeral,” from Latin funus (genitive funeris) “funeral, funeral procession, burial rites; death, corpse,” origin unknown, perhaps ultimately from PIE root *dheu- (3) “to die.” Singular and plural used interchangeably in English until c.1700.
Burying was among the Jews the only mode of disposing of corpses (Gen. 23:19; 25:9; 35:8, 9, etc.). The first traces of burning the dead are found in 1 Sam. 31:12. The burning of the body was affixed by the law of Moses as a penalty to certain crimes (Lev. 20:14; 21:9). To leave the dead unburied was regarded with horror (1 Kings 13:22; 14:11; 16:4; 21:24, etc.). In the earliest times of which we have record kinsmen carried their dead to the grave (Gen. 25:9; 35:29; Judg. 16:31), but in later times this was done by others (Amos 6:16). Immediately after decease the body was washed, and then wrapped in a large cloth (Acts 9:37; Matt. 27:59; Mark 15:46). In the case of persons of distinction, aromatics were laid on the folds of the cloth (John 19:39; comp. John 12:7). As a rule the burial (q.v.) took place on the very day of the death (Acts 5:6, 10), and the body was removed to the grave in an open coffin or on a bier (Luke 7:14). After the burial a funeral meal was usually given (2 Sam. 3:35; Jer. 16:5, 7; Hos. 9:4).
see: it’s your funeral
intoxicated; drunk: We found him besotted with wine. infatuated or obsessed: a besotted mom and her new baby; They had one date and he was utterly besotted. to intoxicate or stupefy with drink. to make stupid or foolish: The stories had besotted her mind with fear and superstition. to infatuate; obsess: Youth and beauty have […]
a simple past tense and past participle of beseech. to implore urgently: They besought him to go at once. to beg eagerly for; solicit. to make urgent appeal: Earnestly did I beseech, but to no avail. Historical Examples Mr. Clay went to him and besought him to withdraw the motion; but in vain. Thirty Years’ […]
- Be sought after
to go in search or quest of: to seek the truth. to try to find or discover by searching or questioning: to seek the solution to a problem. to try to obtain: to seek fame. to try or attempt (usually followed by an infinitive): to seek to convince a person. to go to: to seek […]
simple past tense of bespeak. to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader’s patience. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater. Literary. to speak to; address. to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart. Obsolete. to foretell; forebode. Historical Examples These two smiled on him […]