cenotaph


cenotaph
cenotaphic /sen'euh taf"ik/, adj.
/sen"euh taf', -tahf'/, n.
a sepulchral monument erected in memory of a deceased person whose body is buried elsewhere.
[1595-1605; < L cenotaphium < Gk kenotáphion, equiv. to kenó(s) empty + -taphion (táph(os) tomb + -ion dim. suffix)]

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(Greek: "empty tomb") Monument, sometimes in the form of a tomb, to a person buried elsewhere.

Ancient Greek writings tell of many cenotaphs, none of which survives. Existing cenotaphs of this type are found in churches (e.g., in Santa Croce, Florence, where there are memorials to Dante, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Galileo). The term is now applied to national war memorials.

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      (from Greek kenotaphion, “empty tomb”), monument, sometimes in the form of a tomb, to a person who is buried elsewhere. Greek writings indicate that the ancients erected many cenotaphs, including one raised by the Athenians to the poet Euripides, though none of these survive. Such existing memorials are distributed mainly in major churches—e.g., in Santa Croce, Florence, where there are memorials to Dante, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Galileo, and in Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral, London. The term is now almost wholly applied, however, to national war memorials, notably the London Cenotaph, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1920.

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Synonyms:
(to one whose body is not buried under it or near it),


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