A woman grieves over the death of a loved one.
A woman grieves over the death of a loved one.
- An example of death is when a person takes his last breath and dies.
- An example of death is when a person is no longer alive.
- An example of death is when a program loses all its funding and ends forever.
Death is defined as the act of passing away, the end of life, or the permanent destruction of something.
- the act or fact of dying; permanent ending of all life in a person, animal, or plant
- the personification of death, usually pictured as a skeleton in a black robe, holding a scythe
- the state of being dead
- any ending resembling dying; total destruction: the death of our hopes
- any condition or experience thought of as like dying or being dead
- the cause of death: smoking will be the death of him
- murder or bloodshed
- Obs. pestilence: the Black Death
Origin of deathMiddle English deth ; from Old English d?ath, akin to Old Saxon d?th, Old High German t?d, Old Norse dauthi: see dead
at death's door
be death on
to deal with in a devastating manner
do to death
- Archaic to kill
- to use, perform, etc. so often that it becomes tiresome; overdo
in at the death
- present at the killing of the quarry by the hounds
- present at the end or culmination
put to death
to kill or cause to be killed; execute
to the extreme; very much: he worries me to death
to the death
- to the very end (of a struggle, quarrel, etc.)
- to the end of life; always
- The act of dying; termination of life.
- The state of being dead.
- The cause of dying: Drugs were the death of him.
- A manner of dying: a heroine's death.
- often Death A personification of the destroyer of life, usually represented as a skeleton holding a scythe.
- a. Bloodshed; murder.b. Execution.
- Law Civil death.
- The termination or extinction of something: the death of imperialism.
Origin of deathMiddle English deeth, from Old English d&emacron;ath; see dheu-2 in Indo-European roots.
autophonomania an obsession with suicide. cerement the cloth or clothing in which the dead are wrapped for burial or other form of funeral. cinerarium a place where the cremated remains of the dead are stored. —cinerary, adj. columbarium a vault where the remains of cremated bodies are kept, usually in one of a number of recesses in a wall. crematorium, crematory a place where cremations are done. epitaph 1. an inscription on a monument, as on a gravestone. 2. a short piece of prose or verse written in honor of a dead person. —epitaphial, epitaphian, epitaphic, adj. euthanasia the deliberate killing of painfully ill or terminally ill people to put them out of their misery. Also called mercy killing. ktenology the science of putting people to death. moribundity 1. the state or quality of being on the verge of death. 2. close to extinction or stagnant. —moribund, adj. myriologue an improvised funeral song, composed for the dead and sung by women in modern Greece. —myriologist, n. —myriologic, myriological, adj. necrolatry the worship of the dead. necrology 1. an announcement of death; obituary. 2. a list of persons who have died within a certain time. Also necrologue. —necrologist, n. necromancy 1. the magie practiced by a witch or sorcerer. 2. a form of divination through communication with the dead; the black art. Also nigromancy. —necromancer, necromant, nigromancien, n. —necromantie, adj. necromania an obsession with death or the dead. necromimesis an abnormal condition in which a person believes himself dead. necrophilia, necrophilism an abnormal, often sexual attraction toward the dead or a dead body. —necrophile, n. necrophobia an abnormal fear of death. Also called thanatophobia. necrosis the death or decay of body tissue, the result of loss of blood supply or trauma. —necrotic, adj. nerterology Rare. any learning that pertains to the dead. ossuarium a place or receptacle for the bones of the dead. Also called ossuary. taphophilia, taphephilia an excessive interest in graves and cemeteries. thanatoid resembling death; deathly. thanatology the study of death or the dead. Also thanatism. —thanatological, adj. thanatomania an obsession with death. See also necromania. thanatophobia necrophobia. thanatopsis a survey of or meditation upon death. viaticum the Eucharist given to one about to die; last rites or extreme unction. —viatic, viatical, adj.
- 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.
- The death of my grandmother saddened the whole family.
- (often capitalized) The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.
- When death walked in, a chill spread through the room.
- (the death) The collapse or end of something.
- England scored a goal at the death to even the score at one all.
death - Legal Definition
The end of life, when physical functions and vital signs stop.brain death
An irreversible end to the functioning of the brain. Often used as the legal definition of death.