Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


"Yes, and catch their deaths of fever and ague," said Mrs. Bartlett.

Births, deaths, the smallest event in life, everything goes in there.

It'll be a mercy if we don't catch our deaths, dressed the way some of us be.

He would be ready to die a thousand deaths rather than endure this.

A thousand deaths, sir, and everybody would hail them with delight.

Then opening the other register (the Register of Deaths) he attended to the woman in the crêpe.

Who could say that the spirits of the dead did not haunt the scenes of their lives and deaths?

He was the traitor to whom perhaps a score of men owed their deaths at that moment!

He would have the Amalekite alive that he might cause him to die a hundred deaths in one.

The deaths at present from the plague are confined to the Mohammedans and the Jews.


Old English deað "death, dying, cause of death," in plura, "ghosts," from Proto-Germanic *dauthaz (cf. Old Saxon doth, Old Frisian dath, Dutch dood, Old High German tod, German Tod, Old Norse dauði, Danish død, Swedish död, Gothic dauþas "death"), from verbal stem *dheu- (3) "to die" (see die (v.)) + *-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 good at" is from 1839. Death wish first recorded 1896. The death-watch beetle (1660s) inhabits houses, makes a ticking noise like a watch, and was superstitiously supposed to portend death.