Definition of decease in English:



  • [in singular] Death.

    ‘a doctor's sudden 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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upon hearing of their decease, I was worried that I would never hear their type of unique song craft again.’
    • ‘The sisters, you remember, were there weeping sadly over their brother's decease.’
    • ‘Then we have, as a working hypothesis, one natural death deliberately inflicted and one unnatural decease.’
    • ‘After the artist's decease, his publisher Akiyama Buemon printed posthumous editions of Tsuki Hyakushi as album sets from the original blocks.’
    • ‘About a month before her decease, the witness had a conversation with the deceased in his bedroom.’
    • ‘People have told me how they suffered the decease of their loved ones, and I've empathized deeply.’
    • ‘He became a Benedictine monk in Bruges after the decease of his Belgian wife.’
    demise, dying, end, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, departure from life, final exit, eternal rest
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[NO OBJECT]archaic
  • Die.

    • ‘He read out the names of the girls, and boys that deceased in the fire, but thankfully, Ciara knew none of them.’
    • ‘Bianca and Aaron were a pair alone in the world since their entire family had deceased.’
    • ‘Dominic will live for another few years, but as soon as he deceases, his daughter will take his position.’
    • ‘Mr. Henry Dashwood had one son by his first marriage .The son's mother had deceased.’
    • ‘Family history reveals both parents deceased from a carcinoma of unknown type.’
    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.