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  1. no longer living; dead.
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  1. the deceased,
    1. the particular dead person or persons referred to.
    2. dead persons collectively: to speak well of the deceased.
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Origin of deceased

First recorded in 1480–90; decease + -ed2
Related formsun·de·ceased, adjective
Can be confuseddeceased diseased

Synonym study

1. See dead.
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Examples from the Web for deceaseds

Historical Examples

  • The deceaseds party exclaimed, We will have another round; we are in no hurry.

    The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 2/2

    Camden Pelham

  • Holloway and Haggerty then came up, and said they had done the trick, and as a token, put the deceaseds hat into my hand.

  • Such manifest signs of guilt fully corroborated the deceaseds incriminating words.

  • He and Jim lifted the body into the wagon, and drove over to Elijah Hunts, thinking it best to take it to deceaseds cousin.

    Within the Capes

    Howard Pyle

  • He noticed then a dark stain on the collar, and also deceaseds plain coathe knew that something was wrong.

    Within the Capes

    Howard Pyle

British Dictionary definitions for deceaseds


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



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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