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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica


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OBIT (through O. Fr., from Lat. obitus, death, obire, to go down, to die), a term for death, formerly used for the account The last history of Hugo of Toul (12th century) was the authority of Jacques de Guyse (14th century) in his Annales historiae ill. princip. Hannoniae (Mon. Germ. xxx.), where there is an account (bk. ix. ch. 6) of Alberich.

of a person's death (now "obituary"). An "obit" was also a service performed at a funeral or in commemoration of a dead person, particularly the founder or benefactor of a church, college or other institution, hence "obit-days," "obit Sunday," &c. A "post-obit" is a bond given as a security for the repayment of money lent upon the death of a person from whom the borrower has expectations (see Bond).

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Obit'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. 1910.

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