How do you say rest in peace in Italian?

How exactly do you say rest in peace in Italian? What’s more appropriate to say depending on the relationship between you and the other person?

In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!

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How do you say rest in peace in Italian?

Informal: Riposa in pace

Riposa in pace is how you translate rest in peace in Italian when you are addressing only one person that you were familiar terms with, such as your grandma, a dear friend or another beloved relative.

Riposa in pace
Rest in peace (informal)

This common sentence in Italian is made of three elements.

Riposa
Imperative “you” form of riposare, to rest

In
In

Pace
Italian word for peace

Riposa in pace, nonno. Ci manchi tanto.
Rest in peace, grandpa. We miss you very much.

man praying in front of a tomb

Riposare in pace is how online translators usually translate rest in pace. The problem is that riposare is an infinitive verb and chances are you’re actually looking for the imperative mood conjugation of the verb. Beware of online translators when it comes to important sentences that may be permanently engraved on stone!

Riposa is the second-person singular conjugation of riposare, to rest, in the imperative mood.

Imperative mood conjugation of riposare

io
turiposa
lui, leiriposi
noiriposiamo
voiriposate
lororiposino

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For example, you could say…

Riposatevi, ragazzi. Domani ci aspetta un lungo viaggio.
Get some rest, guys. We have a long journey ahead of us tomorrow.

Mattia, riposa qualche ora. Devi essere stanco.
Mattia, rest a few hours. You must be tired.

But…

Il cucciolo di dalmata riposa sul tappeto davanti al camino.
The Dalmatian puppy is resting on the carpet in front of the fireplace.

dalmatian dog smiling

The third example actually features a present tense conjugation! Italian verbs can be tricky. 😉

Now, what do you have to say to wish rest in peace in Italian to groups of people? You will need to conjugate the imperative verb in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next paragraph.


Plural: Riposino in pace

Riposino in pace is how you translate rest in peace in Italian when you are addressing more than one person. This is the form that is used in a particular prayer that is said during il giorno di Ognissanti, All Saint’s Day: L’Eterno riposo.

Riposino in pace
Rest in peace (plural)

family of 4 praying

L’eterno riposo dona a loro, o Signore,
e splenda ad essi la luce perpetua.
Riposino in pace.
Amen.

Grant them eternal rest, oh Lord,
And may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Amen.

You are wishing dear people, wishing them, to rest in peace.


May he/she rest in pace

There’s only one other translation for rest in peace in Italian that it’s important to know, the one using the third-person singular verb conjugation of riposare.

If you paid attention to the imperative table above, you’ll know the correct imperative form is riposi.

Riposi in pace
(May he/she) rest in peace (third-person singular)

two people taking care of a tomb

And that’s it, now you know how to say rest in peace in Italian in all its forms!


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