noun (in the Orthodox Church) the passing of the Virgin Mary from earthly life.
↘the feast in honour of this on 15 August.
C15: from Fr., from L. dormitio(n-) 'falling asleep', from dormire 'to sleep'.

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  • Dormition — de la Vierge Marie, icône du XVIe siècle Le mot dormition (en grec ancien κοίμησις / koímêsis), est utilisé, dans le vocabulaire chrétien pou …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dormition — [ dɔrmisjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1752; dormicion v. 1400; lat. dormitio, de dormire « dormir » ♦ Anc. théol. cathol. Le dernier sommeil de la Vierge Marie, au cours duquel eut lieu son assomption. ● dormition nom féminin (latin dormitio, onis, sommeil)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Dormition — (lat. Dormitĭo Sanctae Mariae Virgĭnis), nach der Legende die Todesstätte (dormitio) Marias, der Mutter Jesu, in Jerusalem, 1898 vom Kaiser Wilhelm II. dem Palästinaverein der Katholiken Deutschlands zum Bau einer Gedächtniskirche geschenkt. –… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dormition —    According to Christian doctrine, the Virgin Mary did not die but rather fell asleep peacefully in the presence of the apostles and was carried by angels up to heaven (the Assumption), where she was crowned queen. Jacopo Torriti represented the …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • dormition — (dor mi sion) s. f. Terme ecclésiastique. La manière dont la sainte Vierge quitta la terre pour aller au ciel ; parce qu une pieuse tradition apprend que sa mort ne fut qu une espèce de sommeil, et qu elle fut enlevée au ciel par une assomption… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Dormition — noun celebration in the Eastern Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary s being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Assumption in the Roman Catholic Church and is also celebrated on August 15th • Syn: ↑Feast of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dormition — noun a) The process of falling asleep. b) The process of death or the actual death itself. See Also: dorm, dormant, dormitive, dormitory …   Wiktionary

  • Dormition — n. (Catholic theology) celebration in the Eastern Orthodox church commemorating the event of Virgin Mary being taken up into heaven when her material life on earth ended …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dormition — n. act of falling asleep; death …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dormition — dor·mi·tion …   English syllables

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