Definition of the last rites noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the last rites

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[plural] Religious ceremonies
 
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a Christian religious ceremony that a priest performs for, and in the presence of, a dying person to administer the last rites to somebody to receive the last rites See related entries: Religious ceremonies
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