Die vs Deceased - What's the difference?

die | deceased |

As a proper noun die

is god.

As an adjective deceased is

no longer alive.

As a noun deceased is

a dead person.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), ).J. P. Mallory, Douglas Q. Adams, Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture'' (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999), page 150, s.v. "death"Vladimir Orel, ''A Handbook of Germanic Etymology (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2003).


  • To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.
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  • #* 1839 , Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist , Penguin 1985, page 87:
  • "What did she die of, Work'us?" said Noah. "Of a broken heart, some of our old nurses told me," replied Oliver.
  • #* 2000 , Stephen King, On Writing , Pocket Books 2002, page 85:
  • In 1971 or 72, Mom's sister Carolyn Weimer died of breast cancer.
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  • #* 1865 , British Medical Journal , 4 Mar 1865, page 213:
  • She lived several weeks; but afterwards she died from epilepsy, to which malady she had been previously subject.
  • #* 2007 , Frank Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Sandworms of Dune , Tor 2007, page 191:
  • "Or all of them will die from the plague. Even if most of the candidates succumb. . ."
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  • #* 1961 , Joseph Heller, Catch-22 , Simon & Schuster 1999, page 232:
  • Englishmen are dying' for England, Americans are '''dying''' for America, Germans are '''dying''' for Germany, Russians are ' dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war.
  • #* 2003 , Tara Herivel & Paul Wright (editors), Prison Nation , Routledge 2003, page 187:
  • Less than three days later, Johnson lapsed into a coma in his jail cell and died for lack of insulin.
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  • #* 1600 , William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing , Act III, Scene I:
  • Therefore let Benedicke like covered fire, / Consume away in sighes, waste inwardly: / It were a better death, to die' with mockes, / Which is as bad as ' die with tickling.
  • #* 1830 , Joseph Smith, The Book of Mormon , Richards 1854, page 337:
  • And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year was very frequent in the land.
  • # (still current)
  • She died with dignity.
  • To stop living and undergo (a specified death).
  • He died a hero's death.
    They died a thousand deaths.
  • (figuratively) To yearn intensely.
  • * 1598 , (Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing), Act III, Scene II:
  • Yes, and his ill conditions; and in despite of all, dies for him.
  • * 2004 Paul Joseph Draus, Consumed in the city: observing tuberculosis at century's end - Page 168
  • I could see that he was dying, dying' for a cigarette, '''dying''' for a fix maybe, ' dying for a little bit of freedom, but trapped in a hospital bed and a sick body.
  • (idiomatic) To be utterly cut off by family or friends, as if dead.
  • The day our sister eloped, she died to our mother.
  • (figuratively) To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.
  • He died a little inside each time she refused to speak to him.
  • (colloquial) To be mortified or shocked by a situation.
  • If anyone sees me wearing this ridiculous outfit, I'll die .
  • (intransitive, of a, machine) to stop working, to break down.
  • My car died in the middle of the freeway this morning.
  • (intransitive, of a, computer program) To abort, to terminate (as an error condition).
  • To perish; to cease to exist; to become lost or extinct.
  • * Spectator
  • letting the secret die within his own breast
  • * Tennyson
  • Great deeds cannot die .
  • To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.
  • * Bible, 1 Samuel xxv. 37
  • His heart died within, and he became as a stone.
  • To become indifferent; to cease to be subject.
  • to die to pleasure or to sin
  • (architecture) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where mouldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.
  • To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.
  • (of a stand-up comedian or a joke) To fail to evoke laughter from the audience.
  • Then there was that time I died onstage in Montreal...
    * (to stop living) bite the dust, buy the farm, check out, cross over, expire, succumb, give up the ghost, pass, pass away, pass on, be no more, cease to be, go to meet one's maker, be a stiff, push up the daisies, hop off the twig, kick the bucket, shuffle off this mortal coil, join the choir invisible * See also
    Derived terms
    * be dying for * die away * die down * diehard/die-hard/die hard * die off * die out * do-or-die * the good die young * to die for


    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m) (Modern (etyl) .


  • (plural: dice) A regular polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.
  • * 1748 . David Hume. . In: Wikisource . Wikimedia: 2007. § 46.
  • If a die were marked with one figure or number of spots on four sides, and with another figure or number of spots on the two remaining sides, it would be more probable, that the former would turn up than the latter;
  • (plural: dies) The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth.
  • (plural: dies) A device for cutting into a specified shape.
  • A device used to cut an external screw thread. (Internal screw threads are cut with a tap.)
  • (plural: dies) A mold for forming metal or plastic objects.
  • (plural: dies) An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.
  • (electronics) (plural:'' dice ''or dies) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.
  • Any small cubical or square body.
  • * Watts
  • words pasted upon little flat tablets or dies
  • (obsolete) That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.
  • * Spenser
  • Such is the die of war.
    Usage notes
    The game of dice is singular. Thus in "Dice is a game played with dice," the first occurrence is singular, the second occurrence is plural. Otherwise, using the plural (m) as a singular instead of (m) is considered incorrect by most authorities, but has come into widespread use.
    Derived terms
    * loaded dice * the die is cast * tool and die * * * * * * * *




  • 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.