- deceased; dead.
- gone; past.
- the departed,
- the dead person referred to.
- dead persons collectively.
Origin of departed
- to go away; leave: She departed from Paris today. The train departs at 10:52.
- to diverge or deviate (usually followed by from): The new method departs from the old in several respects.
- to pass away, as from life or existence; die.
- to go away from; leave: to depart this life.
- Archaic. departure; death.
Origin of depart
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Examples from the Web for departed
One example would be how fascinating it must be to be Martin Scorsese and have an Oscar at home for The Departed.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
First, the ghost of his departed partner, Jacob Marley, comes calling, his face emerging from the doorknob.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
In the 54 years since they departed, Belgika has been forgotten by the outside world.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
The Departed star is also a very savvy businessman, having produced hit shows like Boardwalk Empire and Entourage.Mark Wahlberg’s Pardon Plea: A Look Back At His Troubling, Violent, and Racist Rap Sheet
December 7, 2014
Over the next week, he made sure everyone was safe until the final worker had departed.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
They were the last she heard sung by Paralus, the night Anaxagoras departed from Athens.
I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.
I asked, 'Is this the divine home, whence I departed into the body?'
Garson's comment as she departed was uttered with his accustomed bluntness.Within the Law
Rico cast one look at the fiddle, and departed with deep sadness in his heart.Rico and Wiseli
- dead; deceased
- (as sing or collective noun; preceded by the)the departed
- to go away; leave
- to start out; set forth
- (usually foll by from) to deviate; differ; varyto depart from normal procedure
- (tr) to quit (archaic, except in the phrase depart this life)
Word Origin and History for departed
mid-13c., "part from each other," from Old French departir (10c.) "to divide, distribute; separate (oneself), depart; die," from Late Latin departire "divide" (transitive), from de- "from" (see de-) + partire "to part, divide," from pars (genitive partis) "a part" (see part (n.)).
As a euphemism for "to die" (to depart this life; cf. Old French departir de cest siecle) it is attested from c.1500, as is the departed for "the dead," singly or collectively. Transitive lingers in some English usages; the wedding service was till death us depart until 1662. Related: Departed; departing.