de-cease

decease

[dih-sees]
noun
1.
the act of dying; departure from life; death.
verb (used without object), deceased, deceasing.
2.
to depart from life; die.

Origin:
1300–50; (noun) Middle English deces < Old French < Latin dēcessus departure, death, equivalent to dēced-, variant stem of dēcēdere to go away (dē- de- + cēdere to go; see cede) + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > s; (v.) late Middle English decesen, derivative of the noun

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decease (dɪˈsiːs)
 
n
1.  a more formal word for death
 
vb
2.  (intr) a more formal word for die
 
[C14 (n): from Old French deces, from Latin dēcēdere to depart]

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decease
early 14c., from Fr. deces, from L. decessus "death," lit. "departure" (euphemism for mors), from pp. stem of decedere "die," lit. "to go down, depart," from de- "away" + cedere "go" (see cede). Still used with a tinge of euphemism.
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