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Anniversary (noun)

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Annive'rsary. n.s. [anniversarius, Lat.]

  1. A day celebrated as it returns in the course of the year.

    For encouragement to follow the example of martyrs, the primitive christians met at the places of their martyrdom, to praise God for them, and to observe the anniversary of their sufferings. Stillingfleet's Defence of Disc. on Romish Idolatry.

  2. The act of celebration, or performance, in honour of the anniversary day.

    Donne had never seen Mrs. Drury, whom he has made immortal in his admirable anniversaries. Dryden.

  3. Anniversary is an office in the Romish church, celebrated not only once a year, but which ought to be said daily through the year, for the soul of the deceased. Ayliffe's Parergon.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · Dryden, John (788) · Stillingfleet, Edward (38)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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