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▪ But it needn't be a terminal decease.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Decease \De*cease"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Deceased; p. pr. & vb. n. Deceasing.] 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.


Decease \De*cease"\, n. [OE. deses, deces, F. d['e]c[`e]s, fr. L. decessus departure, death, fr. decedere to depart, die; de- + cedere to withdraw. See Cease, Cede.] Departure, especially departure from this life; death.

His decease, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
--Luke ix. 31.

And I, the whilst you mourn for his decease, Will with my mourning plaints your plaint increase.

Syn: Death; departure; dissolution; demise; release. See Death.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"death," early 14c., from Old French deces (12c., Modern French décès) "decease, death," from Latin decessus "death" (euphemism for mors), also "a retirement, a departure," from decess-, past participle stem of decedere "die, depart, withdraw," literally "to go down," from de- "away" (see de-) + cedere "go" (see cede). Still used with a tinge of euphemism.


"to die," early 15c., from decease (n.). Related: Deceased; deceasing


n. 1 (context formal English) death 2 (context obsolescent English) departure, especially departure from this life vb. (context now rare English) To die.

  1. n. 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" [syn: death] [ant: birth]

  2. v. pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "They children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully" [syn: die, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass] [ant: be born]

Usage examples of "decease".

When sexual appeal and a tantalizing nimbus wrapped around them and exuded a neediness after being deprived of enjoyment by an uncaring or deceased husband, Antonio was always willing to accommodate them.

For example, we have just seen that in the Arunta tribe the souls of dead people of the plum-tree totem congregate at a certain stone in the mulga scrub, and that in the Warramunga tribe the spirits of deceased persons who had black snakes for their totem haunt certain gum-trees.

Thus the Arunta imagine that for some time after death the spirit of the deceased is in a sort of intermediate state, partly hovering about the abode of the living, partly visiting his own proper spiritual home, to which on the completion of the mourning ceremonies he will retire to await the new birth.

When the departing Brooks - both living and deceased - had passed through the gates, Felicia turned to thank her host for all he had done on her behalf.

The police ran in and found the pitiful wreck that Alf Brummel had become, and the very deceased Juleen Langstrat.

He did not make the son of the deceased a Curaca, but the man who had most ability and aptitude for the service.

Thus, for example, when the deceased is a person of importance, the Dieri place food for many days on the grave, and in winter they kindle a fire in order that the ghost may warm himself at it.

The unexpected and almost sudden decease of Mademoiselle de Fontanges had singularly moved the King.

The instances are innumerable, where the defendant has pleaded that the deceased was an Irishman, and that therefore defendant had a right to kill him--and upon the proof of Hibernicism, acquittal followed of course.

As the deceased was a hieromonk of the highest rank, not the Psalter but the Gospel had to be read over him by hieromonks and hierodeacons.

Then there was an examination of all the houses of deceased Incas, to see which had been on the side of Huascar, and against Atahualpa.

Old Irelanders, still clinging to the policy of their deceased chief, refused the terms.

This person, who, as Jones likewise knew, lived in Bond-street, was the widow of a clergyman, and was left by him, at his decease, in possession of two daughters, and of a compleat set of manuscript sermons.

And with the kidnappee suddenly deceased, Large and company had had to get creative to get their ransom money.

Though the central voter file was supposed to facilitate the process, it was often more troublesome than the monthly circuit court lists that she had previously used to clear her rolls of duplicate registrations, the deceased and convicted felons.