decease

[dih-sees]
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verb (used without object), de·ceased, de·ceas·ing.
  1. 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
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decease

noun
  1. a more formal word for death
verb
  1. (intr) a more formal word for die 1

Word Origin for decease

C14 (n): from Old French deces, from Latin dēcēdere to depart
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Word Origin and History for 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.

v.

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

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