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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for the deceased

deceased

/dɪˈsiːst/
adjective
1.
  1. a more formal word for dead (sense 1)
  2. (as noun): the deceased
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Word Origin and History for the deceased

deceased

adj.

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

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