• WordNet 3.6
    • v decease pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life "She died from cancer","The children perished in the fire","The patient went peacefully","The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
    • n decease the event of dying or departure from life "her death came as a terrible shock","upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Uape Indians, who live in the Amazon, mix the ashes of their recently cremated relatives with alcohol, then all members of the family drink the mix with fond memories of the deceased
    • n Decease Departure, especially departure from this life; death. "His decease , which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.""And I, the whilst you mourn for his decease ,
      Will with my mourning plaints your plaint increase."
    • v. i Decease To depart from this life; to die; to pass away. "She's dead, deceased , she's dead.""When our summers have deceased .""Inasmuch as he carries the malignity and the lie with him, he so far deceases from nature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n decease Departure from life; death.
    • n decease Synonyms Death, Decease, Demise. Death is the common term for the ending of life. Decease is slightly euphemistic; it is less forcible and harsh than death. Demise applies primarily to a sovereign, who at death sends down or transmits his title, etc. (see quotation from Blackstone, under demise), and hence to others with reference to the transmission of their possessions. The use of demise for death apart from this idea is figurative, euphemistic, or stilted.
    • decease To depart from life; die.
    • decease Synonyms Expire, etc. See die.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Decease dē-sēs′ death
    • v.i Decease to die
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The teeming Autumn big with rich increase, bearing the wanton burden of the prime like widowed wombs after their lords decease.”
  • Hermann Broch
    Hermann Broch
    “No one's death comes to pass without making some impression, and those close to the deceased inherit part of the liberated soul and become richer in their humanness.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, and the epitaph drear: A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “He first deceased; she for a little tried to live without him, liked it not, and died.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. deses, deces, F. décès, fr. L. decessus, departure, death, fr. decedere, to depart, die; de-, + cedere, to withdraw. See Cease Cede


In literature:

The deceased was found lying in his studio at the foot of his easel, shot through the heart.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
In England a man may not marry his deceased wife's sister.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Almost all the men in the township attended, for the deceased was highly respected.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
I tender my sympathies to the family of the deceased.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Dr. Punshon on the decease of his son John William.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Several other of the messengers employed about the White House came in for a share of the deceased President's effects.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
Some time after Wanley's decease, William Oldys was appointed librarian at a salary of two hundred pounds per annum.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
On which occasion the deceased duchess made me a present.
"Honey-Bee" by Anatole France
I shall also bring evidence to show that during this part of his history he repeatedly swore to be revenged on the deceased.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Deceased was in a state of semi-intoxication when last he saw him.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch

In poetry:

Ah, others! ah, thyself! Gulled with such curious ease,
That used to dream (Doth not the soul with laughter fill?)
One knows not what poetic, delicate decease,—
Thou sort of angel with the paralytic will!
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine
Regret—though nothing dear
That I wot of, was toward in the wide world at his prime,
Or bloomed elsewhere than here,
To die with his decease, and leave a memory sweet, sublime,
Or mark him out in Time . . .
"A Commonplace Day" by Thomas Hardy
Ambitions too, are realized,
And that which I have sought on earth,
I find at last idealized,
My longings ripen into worth,
My fondest hopes no longer fear decease,
But bloom forth brightly on the Plains of Peace.
"The Plains Of Peace" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Well!--A year ago er better, a letter comes to hand
Astin' how I'd like to dicker fer some Illinois land--
"The feller that had owned it," it went ahead to state,
"Had jest deceased, insolvent, leavin' chance to speculate,"--
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley
There were beautiful wreaths from the grandchildren of the deceased,
Whom I hope is now from all troubles released
Also there were wreaths from Mrs and Miss Young, Windsor Street, Dundee,
Which certainly were most beautiful to see.
"The Death of the Rev. Dr. Wilson" by William Topaz McGonagall
And during her reign she was beloved by the high and the low,
And through her decease the people's hearts are full of woe,
Because she was kind to her subjects at home and abroad,
And now she's receiving her reward from the Eternal God.
"The Death of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The outside of the apartment complex housing the deceased David Walton and James Costello, the man who was found sleeping next to Walton's body.
Photos of deceased celebrities are nothing new in the media.
The home of deceased labor leader Cesar Chavez , which is now a national monument.
Deceased died from gun shot wounds and had clearance to be inside the building.
Missing Oregon City man found deceased.
Keeston Dwone Fields, 26, of Tyler, deceased.
She was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, March 6, 1924, to Hubert and Doris Pitt, now deceased.
Names Of Deceased Come Off Wake Voter List.
The Supreme Court hears a case dealing with the child of a deceased father.
The officer had asked the responding paramedic if the deceased had a wallet on him.
It was run by players Red Hoover (deceased), Spider Michael James and Leo Washboard Thomas.
Officials from the Berks County Coroner 's Office are trying to find the family of a deceased man and they're asking for your help.
Shown on the early 30's Chevrolet truck are: sitting, Jerry Krob, (deceased).

In science:

Han-Tu Liu† [ †deceased 1986], at a special family moment.
Nontrivial Azumaya noncommutative schemes, morphisms therefrom, and their extension by the sheaf of algebras of differential operators: D-branes in a $B$-field background \`a la Polchinski-Grothendieck Ansatz
Compared with our results shown in Fig.5(b,c), the phonon energy hω i2 significantly deceases at pressure around 40 GPa, and with pressure increasing further, λ reaches to the maximum at pressure around 80 GPa.
Tc map and superconductivity of simple metals at high pressure
As shown in appendix A, the Lyapunov exponent equals the limit of a deceasing the corresponding expression with density of states ϑ.
Disordered Quantum Walks in one lattice dimension
It was shown that carriers experience a strong exchange interaction with the ferromagnetic interfaces, which rapidly decease with increasing distance with respect to the ferromagnetic Mn-δ layer .
Absence of halfmetallicity in defect-free Cr, Mn-delta-doped Digital Magnetic Heterostructures
Therefore, the mapping closure model predicts that P (t) is zero at any time t > 0, or that the fraction of exactly pollutant-free mass deceases to zero instantaneously.
The Pollution of Pristine Material in Compressible Turbulence