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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
First recorded in 1480-90; decease + -ed2
Related forms
undeceased, adjective
Can be confused
deceased, diseased.
Synonym Study
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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  • Hence the hair of the deceased was consecrated to her, and her name invoked at funerals.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • His great friendship for her deceased husband also inclined him to like her.

  • Arthur, not being in the mood to extol the memory of the deceased, was silent.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Possibly they were intended to mark the graves of deceased chieftains.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • No greater homage was ever paid in Parliament to any deceased member.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
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

v.

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

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.

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