One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she broke down when she learnt of her father's death’
demise, dying, end, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, departure from life, final exit, eternal rest
murder, killing, assassination, execution, dispatch, slaying, slaughter, massacre
informal snuffing, curtains, kicking the bucket
2‘their liberation was also the death of their dream’
end, finish, cessation, termination, extinction, extinguishing, collapse, ruin, ruination, destruction, extermination, eradication, annihilation, obliteration, extirpation
3‘Death gestured towards an open grave’
the Grim Reaper, the Dark Angel, the Angel of Death
‘the rebels were captured and put to death’
execute, hang, send to the gallows, send to the gibbet, behead, guillotine, decapitate, electrocute, send to the electric chair, send to the chair, shoot, put before a firing squad, send to the gas chamber, gas, crucify, stone, stone to death
kill, murder, assassinate, do to death, do away with, take the life of, eliminate, terminate, exterminate, destroy
string up, bump off, polish off, do in, knock off, top, wipe out, take out, croak, stiff, blow away
ice, rub out, waste, whack, scrag, smoke
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