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Definition of Funeral

  FUNERAL   noun
A pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker, and strengthen our grief by an expenditure that deepens our groans and doubles our tears.
  The savage dies -- they sacrifice a horse
  To bear to happy hunting-grounds the corse.
  Our friends expire -- we make the money fly
  In hope their souls will chase it to the sky.

Jex Wopley

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?fju:n?r?l n. & adj. --n. 1 a the burial or cremation of a dead person with its ceremonies. b a burial or cremation procession. c US a burial or cremation service. 2 sl. one's (usu. unpleasant) concern (that's your funeral). --attrib.adj. of or used etc. at a funeral (funeral oration). °funeral director an undertaker. funeral parlour (US home) an establishment where the dead are prepared for burial or cremation. funeral pile (or pyre) a pile of wood etc. on which a corpse is burnt. funeral urn an urn holding the ashes of a cremated body. [ME f. OF funeraille f. med.L funeralia neut. pl. of LL funeralis f. L funus -eris funeral: (adj.) OF f. L funeralis]

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