Definition of Death

1. Noun. The event of dying or departure from life. "Upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"

Exact synonyms: Decease, Expiry
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Crucifixion
Specialized synonyms: Fatality, Human Death, Martyrdom, Megadeath, Departure, Exit, Expiration, Going, Loss, Passing, Release, Wrongful Death
Antonyms: Birth
Derivative terms: Die, Die, Decease

2. Noun. The permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism. "The animal died a painful death"
Generic synonyms: Organic Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Cell Death, Necrobiosis, Gangrene, Mortification, Necrosis, Sphacelus, Brain Death, Cerebral Death
Derivative terms: Die, Die

3. Noun. The absence of life or state of being dead. "He seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"

4. Noun. The time when something ends. "A dying of old hopes"
Exact synonyms: Demise, Dying
Group relationships: Life, Life-time, Lifespan, Lifetime
Specialized synonyms: Grave
Generic synonyms: End, Ending
Antonyms: Birth
Derivative terms: Die, Die

5. Noun. The time at which life ends; continuing until dead. "A struggle to the last"
Exact synonyms: Last
Generic synonyms: End, Ending
Derivative terms: Die, Die

6. Noun. The personification of death. "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"
Generic synonyms: Imaginary Being, Imaginary Creature
Specialized synonyms: Grim Reaper, Reaper
Derivative terms: Die, Die

7. Noun. A final state. "The so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"
Exact synonyms: Destruction, End
Generic synonyms: State
Derivative terms: Die, End, End, End, End

8. Noun. The act of killing. "He had two deaths on his conscience"
Generic synonyms: Kill, Killing, Putting To Death
Derivative terms: Deathly, Die, Die

Definition of Death

1. n. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.

Definition of Death

1. Proper noun. The personification of death. ¹

2. 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. ¹

3. Noun. (often capitalized) The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper. ¹

4. Noun. Tarot card. ¹

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Definition of Death

1. the end of life [n -S]

Medical Definition of Death

1. 1. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants. Local death is going on at times and in all parts of the living body, in which individual cells and elements are being cast off and replaced by new; a process essential to life. General death is of two kinds; death of the body as a whole (somatic or systemic death), and death of the tissues. By the former is implied the absolute cessation of the functions of the brain, the circulatory and the respiratory organs; by the latter the entire disappearance of the vital actions of the ultimate structural constituents of the body. When death takes place, the body as a whole dies first, the death of the tissues sometimes not occurring until after a considerable interval. Death is much used adjectively and as the first part of a compound, meaning, in general, of or pertaining to death, causing or presaging death; as, deathbed or death bed; deathblow or death blow, etc. Black death. Civil death, the separation of a man from civil society, or the debarring him from the enjoyment of civil rights, as by banishment, attainder, abjuration of the realm, entering a monastery, etc. Death adder. A kind of viper found in South Africa (Acanthophis tortor); so called from the virulence of its venom. A venomous Australian snake of the family Elapidae, of several species, as the Hoplocephalus superbus and Acanthopis antarctica. Death applies to the termination of every form of existence, both animal and vegetable; the other words only to the human race. Decease is the term used in law for the removal of a human being out of life in the ordinary course of nature. Demise was formerly confined to decease of princes, but is now sometimes used of distinguished men in general; as, the demise of Mr. Pitt. Departure and release are peculiarly terms of Christian affection and hope. A violent death is not usually called a decease. Departure implies a friendly taking leave of life. Release implies a deliverance from a life of suffering or sorrow. Origin: OE. Deth, dea, AS. Dea; akin to OS. D, D. Dood, G. Tod, Icel. Daui, Sw. & Dan. Dod, Goth. Daupus; from a verb meaning to die. See Die, and cf. Dead. (04 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Death

deary me
death (current term)
death's-head hawkmoth
death's-head moth
death's head
death's herb
death-watch beetle
death-watch beetles
death adder

Literary usage of Death

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Utopia by Thomas More (1869)
"A man femes to be a frayed of death, ... was a frayed of death him felfe. them in autho- not to iudge theym yat be in authoritie, ludge not I warne you ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1843)
"Besides, it was well known that sudden death occurred during numerous diseases, ... M. Ollivier d'Angers said, that as the possibility of sudden death, ..."

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