- no longer living; dead.
- the deceased,
- the particular dead person or persons referred to.
- dead persons collectively: to speak well of the deceased.
Origin of deceased
1. See dead.
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Examples from the Web for deceaseds
The deceaseds party exclaimed, We will have another round; we are in no hurry.
Holloway and Haggerty then came up, and said they had done the trick, and as a token, put the deceaseds hat into my hand.
Such manifest signs of guilt fully corroborated the deceaseds incriminating words.Mysteries of Police and Crime
He noticed then a dark stain on the collar, and also deceaseds plain coathe knew that something was wrong.
He and Jim lifted the body into the wagon, and drove over to Elijah Hunts, thinking it best to take it to deceaseds cousin.
- a more formal word for dead (def. 1)
- (as noun)the deceased
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Word Origin and History for deceaseds
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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