deceased

[ dih-seest ]
/ dɪˈsist /

adjective

no longer living; dead.

noun

the deceased,
  1. the particular dead person or persons referred to.
  2. dead persons collectively: to speak well of the deceased.

Origin of deceased

First recorded in 1480–90; decease + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM deceased

un·de·ceased, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deceased

deceased diseased

synonym study for deceased

1. See dead.

Definition for deceased (2 of 2)

decease
[ dih-sees ]
/ dɪˈsis /

noun

the act of dying; departure from life; death.

verb (used without object), de·ceased, de·ceas·ing.

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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British Dictionary definitions for deceased (1 of 2)

deceased
/ (dɪˈsiːst) /

adjective

  1. a more formal word for dead (def. 1)
  2. (as noun)the deceased

British Dictionary definitions for deceased (2 of 2)

decease
/ (dɪˈsiːs) /

noun

a more formal word for death

verb

(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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