Death Dictionary

Over 5,500 Clinical, Legal, Literary and Vernacular Terms

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About the Book

From police jargon to medical terminology, from the coarse language of death row to literary euphemisms, over 5,550 words and terms associated directly with death and dying are defined in this unique dictionary. The entries have been collected from 65 cultures, nine religions and 20 fields of study, including archeology, cryonics, theology, theater and the military. Definitions are identified (e.g., archaic, obsolete, slang) and, when appropriate, the occupation it is most closely connected to and variants of the expression are provided. The appended thesaurus gives commonly used words and the terms that are synonymous with them.

About the Author(s)

The late Christine Quigley authored books and articles, wrote an eclectic blog called Quigley’s Cabinet and reviewed books for Fortean Times.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled and edited by Christine Quigley
Format: softcover (5.5 x 8.5)
Pages: 207
Bibliographic Info: thesaurus, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2011 [1994]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6715-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2170-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Symbols and Abbreviations     11
The Dictionary     13
Thesaurus     167
Bibliography     193

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Marvelous compilation…useful for most libraries”—Choice
  • “Highly recommended”—Verbatim
  • “Helpful”—NGS News Magazine
  • “Fills a void”—Scientific Sleuthing Review
  • “Unusual and remarkable”—Newsletter of the Association for Gravestone Studies