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deceased

[dih-seest] /dɪˈsist/
adjective
1.
no longer living; dead.
noun
2.
the deceased.
  1. the particular dead person or persons referred to.
  2. dead persons collectively:
    to speak well of the deceased.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; decease + -ed2
Related forms
undeceased, adjective
Can be confused
deceased, diseased.
Synonyms
1. See dead.

decease

[dih-sees] /dɪˈsis/
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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Examples for deceased
  • Other objects revealed the deceased's social status.
  • The scientists evaluated the femurs (or thigh bones) of 121 deceased men for whom they had both weight and height.
  • Tomb drawings often show the deceased person meeting gods and facing challenges during his or her journey in the afterlife.
  • 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.
  • Denson wrote the lyrics in memory of his deceased mother, Lillie.
  • The deceased, who was a man of fine presence, was 40 years of age.
  • George is deceased, and earth is but his tomb.
  • Two deceased writers are selected for the honor annually.
British Dictionary definitions for deceased

deceased

/dɪˈsiːst/
adjective
1.
  1. a more formal word for dead (sense 1)
  2. (as noun) the deceased

decease

/dɪˈsiːs/
noun
1.
a more formal word for death
verb
2.
(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 deceased
adj.

late 15c., past participle adjective from decease (v.). As a verbal noun meaning "dead person, those who are dead," from early 17c.

decease

n.

"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.

v.

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

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