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Princeton's WordNet

  1. death, decease, expirynoun

    the event of dying or departure from life

    "her death came as a terrible shock"; "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"

  2. deathnoun

    the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism

    "the animal died a painful death"

  3. deathnoun

    the absence of life or state of being dead

    "he seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life"

  4. death, dying, demisenoun

    the time when something ends

    "it was the death of all his plans"; "a dying of old hopes"

  5. death, lastnoun

    the time at which life ends; continuing until dead

    "she stayed until his death"; "a struggle to the last"

  6. Deathnoun

    the personification of death

    "Death walked the streets of the plague-bound city"

  7. end, destruction, deathnoun

    a final state

    "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"

  8. deathnoun

    the act of killing

    "he had two deaths on his conscience"


  1. deathnoun

    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.

  2. deathnoun

    The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.

    When death walked in, a chill spread through the room.

  3. deathnoun

    Tarot card.

  4. Deathnoun

    The personification of death.

  5. Etymology: deeth, from deaþ, from *dauþuz (compare West Frisian dead, Dutch dood, German Tod, Swedish död), from *dʰautus. More at die.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DEATHnoun

    Etymology: deaþ, Saxon.

    He is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Heb. ix. 15.

    They say there is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity or death. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Death, a necessary end,
    Will come, when it will come. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    He must his acts reveal,
    From the first moment of his vital breath,
    To his last hour of unrepenting death. John Dryden, Æn. b. 6.

    How did you dare
    To trade and traffick with Macbeth,
    In riddles and affairs of death? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    In swinish sleep
    Their drenched natures lie, as in a death. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. Ez. xxviii. 8.

    I had rather be married to a death’s head, with a bone in his mouth, than to either of these. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    If I gaze now, ’tis but to see
    What manner of death’s head ’twill be,
    When it is free
    From that fresh upper skin;
    The gazer’s joy, and sin. John Suckling.

    As in manifesting the sweet influence of his mercy, on the severe stroke of his justice; so in this, not to suffer a man of death to live. Francis Bacon, Essay 14.

    They cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. 2 Kings, iv. 40.

    He caught his death the last county-sessions, where he would go to see justice done to a poor widow woman. Joseph Addison, Spectat.

    All the endeavours Achilles used to meet with Hector, and be the death of him, is the intrigue which comprehends the battle of the last day. Alexander Pope, View of Epic Poetry.

    Deaths invisible come wing’d with fire;
    They hear a dreadful noise, and straight expire. John Dryden, In. Em.

    Sounded at once the bow; and swiftly flies
    The feather’d death, and hisses through the skies. John Dryden, Æn.

    Oft, as in airy rings they skim the Heath,
    The clam’rous plovers feel the leaden death. Alexander Pope.

    We pray that God will keep us from all sin and wickedness, from our ghostly enemy, and from everlasting death. Church Catechism.


  1. Death

    Death is the irreversible cessation of all biological functions that sustain an organism. For organisms with a brain, death can also be defined as the irreversible cessation of functioning of the whole brain, including brainstem, and brain death is sometimes used as a legal definition of death. The remains of a former organism normally begin to decompose shortly after death. Death is an inevitable process that eventually occurs in almost all organisms. Death is generally applied to whole organisms; the similar process seen in individual components of an organism, such as cells or tissues, is necrosis. Something that is not considered an organism, such as a virus, can be physically destroyed but is not said to die. As of the early 21st century, over 150,000 humans die each day, with ageing being by far the most common cause of death.Many cultures and religions have the idea of an afterlife, and also may hold the idea of judgement of good and bad deeds in one's life (heaven, hell, karma).


  1. death

    Death refers to the permanent cessation of vital bodily functions, resulting in the end of an individual's biological life. It is the irreversible state of being deceased, marked by the absence of consciousness, respiration, heartbeat, and brain activity. It is typically accompanied by the cessation of bodily processes, such as metabolism and homeostasis. Death is considered a universal and inevitable part of the natural life cycle, occurring in all living organisms, including humans.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deathverb

    the cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants

  2. Deathverb

    total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the death of memory

  3. Deathverb

    manner of dying; act or state of passing from life

  4. Deathverb

    cause of loss of life

  5. Deathverb

    personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe

  6. Deathverb

    danger of death

  7. Deathverb

    murder; murderous character

  8. Deathverb

    loss of spiritual life

  9. Deathverb

    anything so dreadful as to be like death


  1. Death

    Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a particular living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, murder and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. The death of an organism also results in a permanent absence of consciousness. In human societies, the nature of death has for millennia been a concern of the world's religious traditions and of philosophical inquiry. This may include a belief in some kind of resurrection, reincarnation or rebirth, or that consciousness permanently ceases to exist, known as oblivion. Commemoration ceremonies after death may include various mourning or funeral practices. The physical remains of a person, commonly known as a corpse or body, are usually interred whole or cremated, though among the world's cultures there are a variety of other methods of mortuary disposal. In the English language, blessings directed towards a dead person include rest in peace, or its initials RIP.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Death

    deth, n. state of being dead: extinction or cessation of life: manner of dying: mortality: a deadly plague: cause of death: spiritual lifelessness: the killing of the animal in hunting.—ns. Death′-add′er, a poisonous Australian snake; Death′-ag′ony, the struggle often preceding death; Death′-bed, the bed on which one dies, the last illness; Death′-bell, the passing bell; Death′-blow, a blow that causes death; Death′-damp, a cold, clammy sweat preceding death.—n.pl. Death′-dū′ties, duties paid to government on the inheritance of property, real or personal, after the death of the former owner.—n. Death′-fire, a kind of light supposed to presage death.—adjs. Death′ful, Death′ly, deadly, destructive; Death′less, never dying: everlasting.—n. Death′lessness.—adj. Death′-like (Shak.), like a dead person, deadly.—n. Death′liness.—adj. Death′-marked, marked for or by death, destined to die.—n. Death′-mask, a plaster-cast taken from the face after death.—adj. Death′-prac′tised (Shak.), threatened with death by malicious arts.—ns. Death′-rate, the proportion of deaths to the population; Death′-ratt′le, a rattling in the throat which sometimes accompanies the last uneasy breathings of a dying person; Death's′-door, the point of death; Death's′-head, the skull of a human skeleton, or a figure of it; Death's′-man (Shak.), the public executioner; Death′-stroke, a death-blow; Death′-throe, the dying agony; Death′-tō′ken (Shak.), a sign or token of impending death, a plague-spot; Death′-trap, an unsafe building, vessel, or place that shuts up its occupants to almost certain death; Death′-warr′ant, an order from the authorities for the execution of a criminal; Death′-watch, a watch by a dying person: a popular name for several insects which produce a ticking noise, specially audible in the stillness of a death-chamber; Death′-wound, a wound which caused death.—Death's′-head moth, a species of hawk-moth, having pale markings on the back of the thorax somewhat like a skull.—Be death on, to be fond of, to be good at; Be in at the death, in hunting, to be up on the animal before the dogs have killed it.—Do, or Put, to death, to kill: to cause to be killed.—Gates, or Jaws, of death, death's door, the point of death.—To death, expressive of intensity, very much. [A.S. deáth; Ger. tod. See Dead and Die.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. death

    1. To stop sinning suddenly. 2. To resign one's membership in the Ananias Club. 3. A readjustment of life's forces.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Death

    Irreversible cessation of all bodily functions, manifested by absence of spontaneous breathing and total loss of cardiovascular and cerebral functions.

Editors Contribution

  1. Death

    Death is a fact of life. That is to say, it is something that must be faced, encountered, accepted and tasted by all humans and living things someday.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  

  2. Death

    Death is a matter of course. That is to say, it is a natural and expected thing.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  

  3. Death

    Death is a transition from mortality (physical world) into immortality (afterworld).

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  

  4. Death

    Death is not actually the worst thing that can happen to any human or anybody. Rather, it is one of the best things that can happen to any human or anyone. Yes! you heard me right as ever, come to think of it (death) logically. If there is no death here (on earth) those who are going through misery, difficulty, hardship or poverty would keep on experiencing it forever or endlessly. Moreover, if there is no death here (on earth) those who are living life of affluence or luxury would keep on enjoying it forever or endlessly. That is to say, death serves or works as a breaking point between the life of affluence (luxury) and life of adversity (misfortune). Besides that, it (death) terminates the severity, acuteness, excessiveness, intensity or climax of everything and everyone. That is that, QED.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  

  5. Death

    Death is the direct opposite of Life. And it marks the End of Life.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 2, 2018  

  6. Death

    Death is unavoidable, unimpeachably (beyond doubt and criticism). In fact, you can manipulate and escape every other fact of life except death itself.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 1, 2018  

  7. Death

    To pass on to no longer be living

    The man was ill and soon passed on

    Submitted by Pallato on October 18, 2019  

  8. Death

    What is Death? Death is the unavoidable End of every living human and every living thing. -Emeasoba George

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on April 18, 2018  

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Who Was Who?

  1. Death

    A hideous man who called at least once during a lifetime usually toward the close. Patron of insurance companies. Nothing is known of his childhood. Historians claim he never had any. Possessed an ugly face; wore a sheet over his head, and always carried a scythe in his hands. Never brought happiness, although his visits frequently gave money to some one. Never could be bribed to pass a house he wished to enter. Many doctors and scientists have endeavored to kill him, but he continues to be a safe bet at 100 to 1. Heir: None. Ambition: A happy home and prosperous graveyards. Recreation: Sharpening scythes. Address: Always hung out a black cloth wherever he resided.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DEATH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Death is ranked #124548 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Death surname appeared 138 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Death.

    95.6% or 132 total occurrences were White.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEATH' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #426

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEATH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1258

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DEATH' in Nouns Frequency: #141

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEATH in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEATH in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of DEATH in a Sentence

  1. Karen Steinhauser:

    They're going to have to decide, for someone who is mentally ill, if a death sentence is the right punishment, it ends up being a much more personal decision.

  2. Ben Foster:

    I wanted to understand the culture on a cellular level, i believe Lance saw the world differently after he survived cancer. After that he came to the conclusion winning is life, and losing is death.

  3. Sarah Bajc:

    There's no proof of death, there's no substance to even show what had happened, it's just a giant black hole.

  4. Don Lloyd-Jones:

    Since heart attacks and strokes are by far our leading cause of death and disability, I'm not sure there are much more important things you'd want to talk to your primary care doctor about.

  5. Marylin Zuniga:

    Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning Marylin Zuniga young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported. Even when I heard that the letters were written... because of compassion, you could've written to somebody in a nursing home. - Gloria Stewart, Orange Board of Education, NJ resident Marylin Zuniga, who taught at Forest Street Elementary School, told board members prior to their hasty vote to can Marylin Zuniga that Marylin Zuniga has broad support from around the country, the newspaper reported. There's people around the nation who support me, who believe I need to be reinstated and I believe that I need to be reinstated, my students need me in the classroom. My students have requested that I come back to the classroom. Abu-Jamal, a 61-year-old serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is a self-styled poet who became a darling of celebrities and activists while on death row. His sentence was later commuted to life without parole, and he was suffering from complications from diabetes when Marylin Zuniga assigned the task. The vote to fire Zuniga occurred after several hours of public speakers, many of whom praised Zuniga for teaching Marylin Zuniga students to have compassion for a man who killed a police officer. Abu-Jamal killed Daniel Faulkner during a routine traffic stop of Abu-Jamal’s brother. At trial, several witnesses reported seeing Abu-Jamal kill Daniel Faulkner, and two witnesses said Abu-Jamal confessed to the killing, saying, I shot the mother --- er, and I hope the mother --- er dies. Although the abrupt vote left meeting attendees unsure of what had happened, Orange Board of Education Superintendent Ronald Lee confirmed that Marylin Zuniga was fired in an email to the Star-Ledger. As this is a personnel issue, I have no further comments on this matter, Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee wrote. Zuniga’s attorney, Alan Levine, told the newspaper Marylin Zuniga is now considering legal action to challenge Marylin Zuniga firing. Several speakers at the meeting, including Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, praised Marylin Zuniga.

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  • Tadesse Atsbha
    Tadesse Atsbha
    death is the separetion of the body and the soul
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