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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
(from Med. Lat. necrologium, Gr. veicpos, corpse, the termination being formed from Xl ytos, AEyav to read, in the sense of list, register; cf. "martyrology"), a register in a monastery or other ecclesiastical establishment of the names of the deceased members of the society, or of those for whom the prayers of the foundation were offered as benefactors; hence any roll or list of deceased persons or collection of obituaries.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Necrology'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/n/necrology.html. 1910.