- 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
1. See dead.
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- a more formal word for dead (def. 1)
- (as noun)the deceased
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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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