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Definition of Monument

  MONUMENT   noun
A structure intended to commemorate something which either needs no commemoration or cannot be commemorated.
  The bones of Agammemnon are a show,
  And ruined is his royal monument, but Agammemnon's fame suffers no diminution in consequence.  The monument custom has its reductiones ad absurdum in monuments 'to the unknown dead' -- that is to say, monuments to perpetuate the memory of those who have left no memory.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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