Cenotaph

Definition: an empty tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere

The Canadian World War 1 Memorial in Ottawa

The Canadian World War 1 Memorial in Ottawa

It’s literally Greek for “empty tomb.”

Many times, it’s a monument to a group of people who died, made in the form of a tomb to memorialize them. There’s a vague, blurry line between a cenotaph and a regular memorial.

Linguistically, “cenotaph” is considered a hyponym or subtype of “monument.”

Why I Looked It Up

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