1. 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
Related formsun·de·ceased, adjective
Can be confuseddeceased diseased

Synonym study

1. See dead. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for deceased's


    1. a more formal word for dead (def. 1)
    2. (as noun)the deceased
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Word Origin and History for deceased's



late 15c., past participle adjective from decease (v.). As a verbal noun meaning "dead person, those who are dead," from early 17c.

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