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

Related forms

un·de·ceased, adjective

Can be confused

deceased diseased

Synonym study

1. See dead.
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deceased

/ (dɪˈsiːst) /

adjective

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