Cemeteries (κοιμητήρια, dormitories, or sleeping-places), a place of burial for the dead. The word cemetery, in this use, is of exclusively Christian origin; the burial-places of the Christians were so called to denote not only that the dead rested from their earthly labors and sorrows, but to point out the hope of a future resurrection (Bingham, Orig. Eccles. bk. 23, ch. 1). SEE BURIAL; SEE CATACOMBS; SEE SEPULCHRE.

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