- to be excessively strict about: That publisher is death on sloppily typed manuscripts.
- to be snobbish about or toward.
- to be able to cope with easily and successfully: The third baseman is death on pop flies.
- to kill, especially to murder.
- to repeat too often, to the point of becoming monotonous and boring: That theme has been done to death.
- Fox Hunting.present at the kill.
- present at the climax or conclusion of a situation.
Origin of death
Synonyms for death
Antonyms for death
Related Words for deathruination, decease, downfall, dissolution, repose, ending, sleep, euthanasia, extinction, casualty, end, darkness, dying, afterlife, ruin, exit, parting, paradise, mortality, curtains
Examples from the Web for death
Contemporary Examples of death
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
Asia Bibi, as she is known, was arrested and sentenced to death.
The most notorious states are Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where death is an acceptable legal remedy.
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
The death toll, which experts believe has been significantly undercut by secret burials, stands at 7,905.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of death
If he had known it, it was with the Dance of Death on the bridge of Lucerne.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
You know we wouldn't think of stopping when it may mean life or death to you.
"Poor chap's only starved to death," said Mrs. Gwilt-Athelstan.
I don't think he ever got over the death of his brother, about a year ago.
He kept no records of birthdays and wedding-anniversaries or the hour of death.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
- to death or to the deathuntil deadbleed to death; a fight to the death
- to deathexcessivelybored to death
- to kill
- to overuse (a joke, etc) so that it no longer has any effect
- present when an animal that is being hunted is caught and killed
- present at the finish or climax
Word Origin for death
Old English deað "death, dying, cause of death," in plura, "ghosts," from Proto-Germanic *dauthaz (cf. Old Saxon doth, Old Frisian dath, Dutch dood, Old High German tod, German Tod, Old Norse dauði, Danish død, Swedish död, Gothic dauþas "death"), from verbal stem *dheu- (3) "to die" (see die (v.)) + *-thuz suffix indicating "act, process, condition."
I would not that death should take me asleep. I would not have him meerly seise me, and onely declare me to be dead, but win me, and overcome me. When I must shipwrack, I would do it in a sea, where mine impotencie might have some excuse; not in a sullen weedy lake, where I could not have so much as exercise for my swimming. [John Donne, letter to Sir Henry Goodere, Sept. 1608]
Death's-head, a symbol of mortality, is from 1590s. Death row first recorded 1940s. Death knell is attested from 1814; death penalty from 1875; death rate from 1859. Slang be death on "be very good at" is from 1839. Death wish first recorded 1896. The death-watch beetle (1660s) inhabits houses, makes a ticking noise like a watch, and was superstitiously supposed to portend death.
FEW ears have escaped the noise of the death-watch, that is, the little clickling sound heard often in many rooms, somewhat resembling that of a watch; and this is conceived to be of an evil omen or prediction of some person's death: wherein notwithstanding there is nothing of rational presage or just cause of terror unto melancholy and meticulous heads. For this noise is made by a little sheathwinged grey insect, found often in wainscot benches and wood-work in the summer. [Browne, "Vulgar Errors"]
In addition to the idioms beginning with death
- death and taxes, certain as
- death knell
- death of
- death on
- at death's door
- be the death of
- bore to death
- catch cold (one's death)
- fate worse than death
- in at the death
- kiss of death
- look like death (warmed over)
- matter of life and death
- put to death
- scare out of one's wits (to death)
- sign one's own death warrant
- thrill to pieces (to death)
- tickled pink (to death)
- to death
Also see underdead.