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[dih-sees] /dɪˈsis/
the act of dying; departure from life; death.
verb (used without object), deceased, deceasing.
to depart from life; die.
Origin of decease
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for decease
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  • I have lost no friend by death since the decease of my parents years ago, far back in my childhood.

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • When did a great man's heir feel sympathy for his sire's decease?

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • In 1843, he resumed the office of "commander-in-chief of the land forces," which he held until his decease.

  • But to return to my lady:—She got surprisingly well after my master's decease.

  • He was read to almost every day, and dictated a few days before his decease.

    Joseph Bonaparte John S. C. Abbott
  • You agree to settle your fortune after your decease, amounting to L23,000.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • And, moreover, she vowed that at her decease she would leave every shilling to me.

    The History of Samuel Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Sir John's authority as her guardian had come into force with the decease of her brother.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • After his decease his estate was put up for sale by public auction, under authority of an act of the General Assembly.

  • Five minutes before his decease the manʼs pulse was high and full.

British Dictionary definitions for decease


a more formal word for death
(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 decease

"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.


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


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

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