the act of dying; departure from life; death.
verb (used without object), deceased, deceasing.
to depart from life; die.

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Simple reason being is that it is a bacterial decease that can be cured with antibiotics.
We all lament the sad decease of the heroic worker who occupied the post until last week.
The proposed rule changes will not increase or decease the number of small businesses already affected by the current regulations.
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