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[dih-sees] /dɪˈsis/
the act of dying; departure from life; death.
verb (used without object), deceased, deceasing.
to depart from life; die.
Origin of decease
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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Examples from the web for decease
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for decease


a more formal word for death
(intransitive) a more formal word for die1
Word Origin
C14 (n): from Old French deces, from Latin dēcēdere to depart
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Word Origin and History for decease

"death," early 14c., from Old French deces (12c., Modern French décès) "decease, death," from Latin decessus "death" (euphemism for mors), also "a retirement, a departure," from decess-, past participle stem of decedere "die, depart, withdraw," literally "to go down," from de- "away" (see de-) + cedere "go" (see cede). Still used with a tinge of euphemism.


"to die," early 15c., from decease (n.). Related: Deceased; deceasing

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