Definition of decease in English:



  • A person's death.

    ‘he held the post until his untimely decease in 1991’
    • ‘Then we have, as a working hypothesis, one natural death deliberately inflicted and one unnatural decease.’
    • ‘People have told me how they suffered the decease of their loved ones, and I've empathized deeply.’
    • ‘He is wealthy, of a very clean reputation, and his father is the Duke of Wakefield - meaning that I shall soon become the Duchess of Wakefield after his Grace's decease!’
    • ‘One of the most important festivals of all is Vesak at the full moon in May when the birth, enlightenment and decease of the Buddha are remembered.’
    • ‘The only clue she could point to was an inscription in pencil on the inside of one of the drawers: ‘This is promised to Daisy Fry on the decease of her Aunt Lill’.’
    • ‘About a month before her decease, the witness had a conversation with the deceased in his bedroom.’
    • ‘After the artist's decease, his publisher Akiyama Buemon printed posthumous editions of Tsuki Hyakushi as album sets from the original blocks.’
    • ‘Upon hearing of their decease, I was worried that I would never hear their type of unique song craft again.’
    • ‘In the side walls of the vaults are niches where skeleton monks sit or stand, clad in the brown habits that they wore in life, and labelled with their names and the dates of their decease.’
    • ‘He became a Benedictine monk in Bruges after the decease of his Belgian wife.’
    • ‘The sisters, you remember, were there weeping sadly over their brother's decease.’
    demise, dying, end, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, departure from life, final exit, eternal rest
    death, dying, demise, end, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, departure from life, expiry, expiration, final exit, eternal rest
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[no object]archaic
  • Die.

    ‘he deceased at his palace of Croydon’
    • ‘Mr. Henry Dashwood had one son by his first marriage .The son's mother had deceased.’
    • ‘He read out the names of the girls, and boys that deceased in the fire, but thankfully, Ciara knew none of them.’
    • ‘Dominic will live for another few years, but as soon as he deceases, his daughter will take his position.’
    • ‘Family history reveals both parents deceased from a carcinoma of unknown type.’
    • ‘Bianca and Aaron were a pair alone in the world since their entire family had deceased.’
    pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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Middle English: from Old French deces, from Latin decessus ‘death’, past participle (used as a noun) of decedere ‘to die’.