Adjective "sarcophagus" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription and associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece.
  1. 'Used for storage and for seating, cassoni were patterned after ancient Roman sarcophagi, which were much appreciated in the Renaissance when there was a renewed interest in classical antiquity.'
  2. 'The centre of the room is now occupied by the quartzite sarcophagus containing the outermost coffin.'
  3. 'it was decided that a stone sarcophagus - not previously used for kings - should be installed.'
  4. 'He accused the team of being unethical in implementing their forensic examination, as well as disregarding the use of scientific procedures while removing the fragile mummy from its golden sarcophagus.'
  5. 'At the British Museum, children rushed to gather around the grave sites, mummies and sarcophagi, literally screaming with excitement, and determinedly fell to sketching these fascinating artefacts.'
  6. 'One day, you're bouncing on top of a camel and climbing inside the Great Pyramid to eye the stone sarcophagus of Pharaoh Cheops.'
  7. 'During her studies she worked with the British Museum examining the paints used on the sarcophagus of an Egyptian mummy to find out how the ancients had created a new colour.'
  8. 'In the burial chamber, a nest of four golden shrines, each sitting within the other, are removed, to reveal a stone sarcophagus.'
  9. 'The crypt of the Romanesque-Gothic transitional Basilique Saint-Paul, which contains several Roman sarcophagi, is considered to have been the mausoleum of a wealthy family.'
  10. 'The stone sarcophagus is carefully lifted from its resting place in Mill Mount, York.'

More definitions

1. a stone coffin, especially one bearing sculpture, inscriptions, etc., often displayed as a monument.

2. Greek Antiquity. a kind of stone thought to consume the flesh of corpses, used for coffins.

More examples(as adjective)

"shields can be sarcophagus."

"knowns can be sarcophagus."

"hurridlies can be sarcophagus."

"dangers can be sarcophagus."


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek sarkophagos ‘flesh-consuming’, from sarx, sark- ‘flesh’ + -phagos ‘-eating’.