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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.


Deceased \De*ceased"\, a. Passed away; dead; gone.

The deceased, the dead person.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., past participle adjective from decease (v.). As a verbal noun meaning "dead person, those who are dead," from early 17c.


a. 1 No longer alive 2 Belonging to the dead. 3 (context legal English): One who has died. In '''property law''', the alternate term decedent is generally used. In '''criminal law''', “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide. n. 1 A dead person 2 (''plural'' '''deceased''') dead people 3 (context legal English): One who has died. In '''property law''', the alternate term decedent is generally used. In '''criminal law''', “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide.

  1. adj. dead; "he is deceased"; "our dear departed friend" [syn: asleep(p), at peace(p), at rest(p), departed, gone]

  2. n. someone who is no longer alive; "I wonder what the dead person would have done" [syn: dead person, dead soul, deceased person, decedent, departed]

Deceased (band)

Deceased is a death/ thrash metal band from Virginia that have attained a cult following throughout a lengthy career. In 1990 they were the first band to sign with Relapse Records, and released four albums and a number of EPs before parting ways with the label in 2003. Their sound centers around themes of horror, with lyrics barked and sometimes narrated by vocalist and founder King Fowley.

Usage examples of "deceased".

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 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.

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.

He was the eldest son of inspector Corley of the G division, lately deceased, who had married a certain Katherine Brophy, the daughter of a Louth farmer.

So I inquired about any deceased or missing taxi drivers of Mideastern descent.