death


death
death, decease, demise, passing denote the end or the ending of life.
Death is the general word and is used for the termination of plants and animals as well as of men and also of inanimate things marked by continuity or development
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the death of an enterprise

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Decease and demise apply only to human beings except in figurative use. Decease is preferred in legal context but in ordinary use conveys a slightly euphemistic or rhetorical quality. Demise in literal use has become somewhat pompous or affected
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the lady's demise had been ascribed to apoplexy— Hynd

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In figurative use it frequently lacks such connotation
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organized labor, which promised his political demise if he signed the bill against jurisdictional strikes— Beverly Smith

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Passing is a euphemism for the death of a person.
Antonyms: life

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