- no longer living; dead.
- the deceased,
- the particular dead person or persons referred to.
- dead persons collectively: to speak well of the deceased.
Origin of deceased
- the act of dying; departure from life; death.
- to depart from life; die.
Origin of decease
Examples from the Web for deceased
When Garfield moved to the big screen in 2004 and 2006, it was fitting for Bill Murray to replace the deceased actor.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
Byrne invented a deceased husband named William K. Richard and hid herself from census takers.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
During the time of the pharaohs, such funerary vessels were used to store the organs of the deceased.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance
The Daily Beast
October 24, 2014
By 1915, mourning attire had begun to draw more attention to the mourner than to the deceased, drawing critics to the practice.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
There is at least one nurse under quarantine in Germany who treated the deceased doctor there.Europe’s Hidden Ebola Cases
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 15, 2014
Hence the hair of the deceased was consecrated to her, and her name invoked at funerals.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
His great friendship for her deceased husband also inclined him to like her.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Arthur, not being in the mood to extol the memory of the deceased, was silent.Little Dorrit
Possibly they were intended to mark the graves of deceased chieftains.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
No greater homage was ever paid in Parliament to any deceased member.Self-Help
- a more formal word for dead (def. 1)
- (as noun)the deceased
- a more formal word for death
- (intr) a more formal word for die 1
Word Origin and History for deceased
late 15c., past participle adjective from decease (v.). As a verbal noun meaning "dead person, those who are dead," from early 17c.
"to die," early 15c., from decease (n.). Related: Deceased; deceasing
"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.