- the act of dying; departure from life; death.
- to depart from life; die.
Origin of decease
Examples from the Web for decease
But to return to my lady:—She got surprisingly well after my master's decease.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
You agree to settle your fortune after your decease, amounting to L23,000.Night and Morning, Complete
Sir John's authority as her guardian had come into force with the decease of her brother.The Sea-Hawk
Five minutes before his decease the manʼs pulse was high and full.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
The solicitor himself, I believe, chooses to doubt his client's decease.Put Yourself in His Place
- a more formal word for death
- (intr) a more formal word for die 1
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.
"to die," early 15c., from decease (n.). Related: Deceased; deceasing