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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Formed of dread, and discourse, or enumeration; a book anciently kept in churches and monasteries, wherein were registered the benefactors of the same, the time of their deaths, and the days of their commemoration; as also the deaths of the priors, abbots, religious canons, &c. This was otherwise called calendar and obituary.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Necrology'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/n/necrology.html. 1802.