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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 of deceased
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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  • A man in shirt sleeves walked in front, carrying a tray with the funeral food of the deceased.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Arthur, not being in the mood to extol the memory of the deceased, was silent.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The prisoner was aware that the deceased had gone to the mill, which is situated a mile and a half from the town.

    Through the Fray G. A. Henty
  • Possibly they were intended to mark the graves of deceased chieftains.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Mr. Melton was next examined, to prove the identity of the deceased.

    The Fallen Leaves Wilkie Collins
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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