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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Funeral  \Fu"ner*al\,  a.  [LL.  funeralis  See  {Funeral},  n.] 
  Per.  taining  to  a  funeral;  used  at  the  interment  of  the  dead; 
  as  funeral  rites,  honors,  or  ceremonies.  --Shak. 
 
  {Funeral  pile},  a  structure  of  combustible  material,  upon 
  which  a  dead  body  is  placed  to  be  reduced  to  ashes,  as 
  part  of  a  funeral  rite;  a  pyre.  --  {Fu"ner*al*ly},  adv 
  [Obs.]  --Sir  T.  Browne. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Funeral  \Fu"ner*al\,  n.  [LL.  funeralia  prop.  neut.  pl  of 
  funeralis  of  a  funeral,  fr  L.  funus,  funeris  funeral:  cf 
  F.  fun['e]railles.] 
  1.  The  solemn  rites  used  in  the  disposition  of  a  dead  human 
  body,  whether  such  disposition  be  by  interment,  burning, 
  or  otherwise;  esp.,  the  ceremony  or  solemnization  of 
  interment;  obsequies;  burial;  --  formerly  used  in  the 
  plural. 
 
  King  James  his  funerals  were  performed  very  solemnly 
  in  the  collegiate  church  at  Westminster.  --Euller. 
 
  2.  The  procession  attending  the  burial  of  the  dead;  the  show 
  and  accompaniments  of  an  interment.  ``The  long  funerals.'' 
  --Pope. 
 
  3.  A  funeral  sermon;  --  usually  in  the  plural.  [Obs.] 
 
  Mr  Giles  Lawrence  preached  his  funerals.  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  funeral 
  n  :  a  ceremony  at  which  a  dead  person  is  buried  or  cremated; 
  "hundreds  of  people  attended  his  funeral" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Funeral 
  Burying  was  among  the  Jews  the  only  mode  of  disposing  of  corpses 
  (Gen.  23:19;  25:9;  35:8,  9,  etc.). 
 
  The  first  traces  of  burning  the  dead  are  found  in  1  Sam. 
  31:12.  The  burning  of  the  body  was  affixed  by  the  law  of  Moses 
  as  a  penalty  to  certain  crimes  (Lev.  20:14;  21:9). 
 
  To  leave  the  dead  unburied  was  regarded  with  horror  (1  Kings 
  13:22;  14:11;  16:4;  21:24,  etc.). 
 
  In  the  earliest  times  of  which  we  have  record  kinsmen  carried 
  their  dead  to  the  grave  (Gen.  25:9;  35:29;  Judg.  16:31),  but  in 
  later  times  this  was  done  by  others  (Amos  6:16). 
 
  Immediately  after  decease  the  body  was  washed,  and  then 
  wrapped  in  a  large  cloth  (Acts  9:37;  Matt.  27:59;  Mark  15:46). 
  In  the  case  of  persons  of  distinction,  aromatics  were  laid  on 
  the  folds  of  the  cloth  (John  19:39;  comp.  John  12:7). 
 
  As  a  rule  the  burial  (q.v.)  took  place  on  the  very  day  of  the 
  death  (Acts  5:6,  10),  and  the  body  was  removed  to  the  grave  in 
  an  open  coffin  or  on  a  bier  (Luke  7:14).  After  the  burial  a 
  funeral  meal  was  usually  given  (2  Sam.  3:35;  Jer.  16:5,  7;  Hos. 
  9:4). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  FUNERAL,  n.  A  pageant  whereby  we  attest  our  respect  for  the  dead  by 
  enriching  the  undertaker,  and  strengthen  our  grief  by  an  expenditure 
  that  deepens  our  groans  and  doubles  our  tears. 
 
  The  savage  dies  --  they  sacrifice  a  horse 
  To  bear  to  happy  hunting-grounds  the  corse. 
  Our  friends  expire  --  we  make  the  money  fly 
  In  hope  their  souls  will  chase  it  to  the  sky. 
  Jex  Wopley 
 
 




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