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  1. the act of dying; departure from life; death.
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verb (used without object), de·ceased, de·ceas·ing.
  1. to depart from life; die.
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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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Related Words for decease

curtains, dying, dissolution, departure, quietus, sleep, demise, release, passing, silence, depart, perish, die, drop, cease, pass, go, succumb, croak

Examples from the Web for decease

Historical Examples of decease

  • But to return to my lady:—She got surprisingly well after my master's decease.

    Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)

    Maria Edgeworth

  • You agree to settle your fortune after your decease, amounting to L23,000.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Sir John's authority as her guardian had come into force with the decease of her brother.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • Five minutes before his decease the manʼs pulse was high and full.

  • The solicitor himself, I believe, chooses to doubt his client's decease.

British Dictionary definitions for decease


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


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

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