Deceased vs Death - What's the difference?

deceased | death |

As an adjective deceased

is no longer alive.

As a noun deceased

is a dead person.

As a proper noun death is

the personification of death, often a skeleton with a scythe, and one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.




  • No longer alive
  • * That parrot is definitely deceased , and when I purchased it not ’alf an hour ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein’ tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk. Monty Python
  • Belonging to the dead.
  • * The executor’s commission for winding up the deceased estate was 3.5%.
  • (legal): 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.
  • Synonyms

    * (no longer alive) asleep, at peace, at rest, dead, departed, late, gone

    Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with diseased (affected with or suffering from disease)


  • A dead person
  • * The deceased was interred in his local churchyard.
  • (plural deceased ) dead people
  • * A memorial to the deceased of two World Wars.
  • (legal): 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.
  • Synonyms

    * (dead person) dead person, dead soul, deceased person, decedent, departed, late * dead people, dead souls, deceased people, decedents, departed

    Usage notes

    Deceased'' is commonly used in legal and journalistic settings. ''Departed is most commonly used in religious settings.



    (wikipedia death)

    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • The cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism's existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.
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  • *:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too..
  • *1900 , , (The House Behind the Cedars) , Ch.I:
  • *:"‘Death ,’" quoted Warwick, with whose mood the undertaker's remarks were in tune, "‘is the penalty that all must pay for the crime of living.’"
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Philip J. Bushnell
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance , passage=Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.}}
  • The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.
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  • (lb) The collapse or end of something.
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  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * accidental death * angel of death * at death's door * Black Death * brain death * cause of death * cell death * civil death * clinical death * cot death * dance of death * dead * deadly * death adder * death angel * death bell * death benefit * death by burning * death by fire * death camas * death camp * death cap * death certificate * death chair * death chamber * death cross * death cup * death drive * death duty * death growl * death house * death instinct * death knell * death march * death mask * death metal * death penalty * death phase * death put * death rate * death rattle * death ray * death roll * death row * death seat * death sentence * death spiral * death squad * death stick * death tax * death to * death toll * Death Valley * death warrant * death wish * death's-head * deathbird * deathblow * deathful * deathless * deathlike * deathly * deathmatch * deathsman * deathward * deathwatch * deathy * fan death * heat death * human death * infant death * instadeath * kiss of death * life-and-death * life-or-death * like death warmed over * living death * megadeath * near-death * put to death * screen death * sentence to death * sudden death * sudden infant death syndrome * valley of death * violent death * voodoo death * wrongful death (lookfrom)

    See also

    * afterlife * die * the big one * the big sleep * cemetery * early grave * funeral * graveyard * morgue * mortal * mortician * mortuary * obituary * tombstone * cremation




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