death's head

  1. a human skull (or a representation of a human skull) used as a symbol of death
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  • The fall in popularity of the death's head and the subsequent prevalence of the cherub was a reflection of the Great Awakening and the belief in the immortality of the soul: "Cherubs reflect a stress on resurrection, while death's heads emphasize the mortality of man. Headstones for Dummies, the New York Edition
  • They were followed by the elite regiment of the von Reusch or Black Hussars HR5, decked out in their fearsome all black uniforms and mirliton hats bearing the dreaded death's head on the front of the cap. Archive 2008-01-01
  • It was sufficiently bizarre to see men and women in their late sixties and seventies tottering around the decks wearing eye patches, death's head do-rags, and plastic hooks while muttering, ‘Avast, matey!’
  • Their skin was pale and pasty, their eyes were blazing with nightfire, their thin lips were drawn back in that hideous death's head grimace that haunted many an Ocular child in his sleep. Darkness of the Light
  • It is easy to read the death's head in The Ambassadors purely as an exercise in negation, particularly since the anamorphosis so unsettles one's sense of reality.
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