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synonyms for death

  • decease
  • demise
  • dying
  • expiration
  • loss of life
  • passing
  • cessation
  • curtains
  • end
  • euthanasia
  • extermination
  • extinction
  • finis
  • finish
  • necrosis
  • oblivion
  • quietus
  • release
  • repose
  • termination
  • afterlife
  • dissolution
  • eternal rest
  • eternal sleep
  • final rest
  • final sleep
  • grave
  • grim reaper
  • heaven
  • mort
  • mortality
  • paradise
  • passing over
  • silence
  • tomb
See also synonyms for: deaths

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What is another word for death?

In its most common and literal senses, death refers to the end of life—the state of no longer being alive; to the process of dying (a prolonged death); or to the instance of a person dying (His death was tragic).

A somewhat formal (and blunt) synonym is demise. The word expiration is sometimes used, but usually sounds a bit literary or old-fashioned. The word end is sometimes used similarly, as in He finally met his end.

The word decease can be used as a noun meaning the same thing as death, but its adjective form deceased (meaning dead) is much more common.

Words for death used in formal, official contexts include fatality and casualty. In the context of crime, different types of death (and their causes) are given specific classifications, such as homicide and murder.

In terms like death and destruction, death refers to wide-scale loss of life. In a broader scientific context, the death of an entire species is called extinction.

In contrast with those who view death as the start of the afterlife (sometimes called the other side), some people view death as nonexistence or annihilation. Or, more dramatically, oblivion.

Death is sometimes used as the name for the personification of death, also called the Grim Reaper (or just the Reaper), Pale Death, or the Angel of Death.

The state of being subject to death is called mortality.

Death is also sometimes used figuratively to mean the end of something, as in The failure of the bill was seen as the death of tax reform. And speaking of taxes, they are said to be the only thing as certain as death.

For euphemisms and slang terms for death, see the next section.

What are some euphemisms for death?

antonyms for death

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  • beginning
  • birth
  • nativity
  • creation
  • existence
  • genesis
  • life
  • origination
  • start
  • being
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How to use death in a sentence

So far, little is known publicly about the ransomware strain or the attackers involved in the infection, which began last Thursday, about 24 hours before the death occurred.
PATIENT DIES AFTER RANSOMWARE ATTACK REROUTES HER TO REMOTE HOSPITALDAN GOODINSEPTEMBER 17, 2020ARS TECHNICA
The best way to dampen the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic — to prevent illness and death and to return the economy to normal — is to limit its spread.
IN 160 WORDS, TRUMP REVEALS HOW LITTLE HE CARES ABOUT THE PANDEMICPHILIP BUMPSEPTEMBER 17, 2020WASHINGTON POST
New cases have declined markedly from the height of the pandemic in July and deaths have declined from the spring, when more than 1,500 people a day typically died.
COURTS MAY RECONSIDER TEMPORARY CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS AS PANDEMIC DRAGS ONANNE GEARAN, KARIN BRULLIARDSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Over time, though, the percentage of total deaths that have occurred in blue states has dropped.
TRUMP CONTRADICTS CDC DIRECTOR ON VACCINE; BIDEN SAYS AMERICANS SHOULDN’T TRUST TRUMPCOLBY ITKOWITZ, FELICIA SONMEZ, JOHN WAGNERSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON POST
If that were the country’s total, we would have seen the second-most number of deaths globally, trailing only Brazil.
TRUMP BLAMES BLUE STATES FOR THE CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL — BUT MOST RECENT DEATHS HAVE BEEN IN RED STATESPHILIP BUMPSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON POST
That estimate of the possible death toll, though, comes from an Imperial College study released in March, which looked only at how the virus could spread over the spring and summer.
THE PROBLEM WITH TRUMP’S ‘HERD MENTALITY’ LINE ISN’T THE VERBAL FLUB. IT’S THE MASS DEATH.PHILIP BUMPSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Bachelet also noted “attacks on and violent deaths of LGBTI persons continue to increase” in Honduras.
BACHELET HIGHLIGHTS LGBTQ RIGHTS ABUSES IN U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SPEECHMICHAEL K. LAVERSSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
Even a subtle environmental change — a dry well, say — can mean life or death, and without money to address the problem, migration is often simply a question of survival.
CLIMATE CHANGE WILL FORCE A NEW AMERICAN MIGRATIONBY ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN, PHOTOGRAPHY BY MERIDITH KOHUTSEPTEMBER 15, 2020PROPUBLICA
As we head into the fall, a number of the models are projecting an easing of the death toll, which was well over 1,000 Americans a day at its height.
AMERICA IS ABOUT TO LOSE ITS 200,000TH LIFE TO CORONAVIRUS. HOW MANY MORE HAVE TO DIE?BY STEPHEN ENGELBERGSEPTEMBER 14, 2020PROPUBLICA
This is the place where the Muscovite criminals are banished to, if they are not put to death.
THE LIFE AND MOST SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE, OF YORK, MARINER (1801)DANIEL DEFOE
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WORDS RELATED TO DEATH

  • completion
  • conclusion
  • death
  • ending
  • finish
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