Definition of


  1. (noun, event) the event of dying or departure from life
    upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren
  2. (noun, phenomenon) the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism
  3. (noun, state) the absence of life or state of being dead
  4. (noun, time) the time when something ends
    a dying of old hopes
  5. (noun, time) the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
    a struggle to the last
  6. (noun, person) the personification of death
  7. (noun, state) a final state
    the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end
  8. (noun, act) the act of killing

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Synonyms of Death

decease, demise, destruction, dying, end, expiry, last

Antonyms of Death


Origin of the word Death

  1. O.E. dea?, from P.Gmc. *dauthaz, from verbal stem *dau- "die" + *-thuz suffix indicating "act, process, condition." Death's-head, a symbol of mortality, is from 1590s. Death row first recorded 1940s. Death knell is attested from 1814; death penalty from 1875; death rate from 1859. Slang be death on "be very g… more

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Words that sound like Death

2d, 3-d, 3d, d, d-day, d.a., d.o.a., da, da'wah, dad, dada, daddy, dado, dah, dat, data, date, dated, daw, dawah, day, day-to-day, dd, ddi, ddt, de, dea, dead, dead ahead, dead heat, deadeye, deadhead, deadwood, death duty, ded, deed, deity

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