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What is the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard?

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March 18, 2010 10:51AM

A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies are buried. The term cemetery implies that the land is specifically designated as a burying ground.

Cemeteries in the Western world are the place where the final ceremonies of death are observed. These ceremonies or rites differ according to cultural practice and religious belief.

Cemeteries are distinguished from other burial grounds by their location; they are usually not adjoined to a church.

A graveyard, on the other hand, is located in a churchyard (Scots language or archaic English language: kirkyard), although a churchyard can also be any patch of land on church grounds.

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That's the technical, people today use them interchangeably.