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deceased (dɪˈsiːst Pronunciation for deceased



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


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= dead, late, departed, lost, gone, expired, defunct, lifeless, pushing up daisies

decease (dɪˈsiːs Pronunciation for decease



  1. a more formal word for death


  1. (intransitive) a more formal word for die1

Word Origin

C14 (n): from Old French deces, from Latin dēcēdere to depart

Translations for 'deceased'

  • British English: deceased The deceased is used to refer to a particular person or to particular people who have recently died. NOUNThe identities of the deceased have now been determined.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: falecido falecida
  • Chinese: 死者
  • European Spanish: fallecido fallecida
  • French: défunt défunte
  • German: Verstorbene Verstorbener
  • Italian: deceduto deceduta
  • Japanese: 故人
  • Korean: 고인
  • Portuguese: falecido falecida
  • Spanish: fallecido fallecida
  • British English: deceased A deceased person is one who has recently died. ADJECTIVE...his recently deceased mother.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: falecido
  • Chinese: 过世的
  • European Spanish: difunto difunta
  • French: défunt défunte
  • German: verstorben
  • Italian: deceduto deceduta
  • Japanese: 故人
  • Korean: 사망한
  • Portuguese: falecido falecida
  • Spanish: difunto difunta

Example Sentences Including 'deceased'

A lad named Harold Walmsley went down with a rope and the deceased was pulled up.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
But Mr O'Higgins said that the deceased man was not carrying a knife.
Irish Times (2002)
But they were not comparable to personal losses, because most people did not feel they knew the deceased.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He looked through the register of deaths; by any means he could, got descriptions of the deceased.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
He thinks it gives the deceased a nice healthy pink tinge, which comforts relatives.
Independent (1998)
Prima facie evidence, in fact, that the deceased died from a blow struck in self-defence by another prisoner whom he had attacked.
Parkes, Roger Riot
The details were often nauseating, and the distress of relatives and friends of the deceased was always difficult to witness.
Matthews, Lew A Conviction of Guilt
The surviving twin was asked whether he or she or the deceased cotwin had ever had rheumatoid arthritis.
British Medical Journal (2002)
They were asking `Is the guy in the bottom of the cockpit deceased ?
Rob Mundle FATAL STORM (2001)


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