artistic or symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death
Memento mori (Latin for 'remember that you [have to] die') is an artistic figure of speech. It is a reminder that nobody can avoid death. It has been written on many gravestones.
- ↑ Literally 'remember (that you have) to die' Archived 2016-08-23 at the Wayback Machine, Oxford English Dictionary, Third Edition, June 2001.