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[kuh-mem-uh-rey-shuh n] /kəˌmɛm əˈreɪ ʃən/

the act of .
a service, celebration, etc., in memory of some person or event.
a memorial.
(in many Christian churches) a special service or prayer for the lesser feast on days on which two feasts of unequal rank are celebrated.
the act or an instance of commemorating
a ceremony or service in memory of a person or event

late 14c., “a calling to mind,” also “service or church festival commemorating something,” from Old French comemoration, from Latin commemorationem (nominative commemoratio) “reminding, mention,” noun of action from past participle stem of commemorare “to call to mind,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + memorare “to remind,” from memor “mindful of” (see memory).


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