deceased

[dih-seest]

Origin:
1480–90; decease + -ed2

undeceased, adjective

deceased, diseased.


1. See dead.
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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]

deceased (dɪˈsiːst)
 
adj
a.  a more formal word for dead
 b.  (as noun): the deceased

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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.

deceased
late 15c., pp. adj. from decease (q.v.). Meaning "dead person, those who are dead," from early 17c.
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Example sentences
Other objects revealed the deceased's social status.
My condolences to the families of the deceased.
But speaking ill of the deceased outside of this context is taboo.
Generally, when someone is in critical condition or deceased, it is the
  hospital or police who notifies next of kin.
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