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English noun: death

1. death (event) the event of dying or departure from life

SamplesHer death came as a terrible shock.
Upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren.

Synonymsdecease, expiry

Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification

Narrower (hyponym)departure, exit, expiration, fatality, going, human death, loss, martyrdom, megadeath, passing, release, wrongful death

Instance hyponymCrucifixion

Antonymsnascence, nascency, nativity, birth

2. death (phenomenon) the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism

SamplesThe animal died a painful death.

Broader (hypernym)organic phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)brain death, cell death, cerebral death, gangrene, mortification, necrobiosis, necrosis, sphacelus

3. death (state) the absence of life or state of being dead

SamplesHe seemed more content in death than he had ever been in life.

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)cot death, crib death, defunctness, eternal rest, eternal sleep, extinction, infant death, neonatal death, quietus, rest, SIDS, sleep, sudden infant death syndrome

4. death (time) the time when something ends

SamplesIt was the death of all his plans.
A dying of old hopes.

Synonymsdemise, dying

Broader (hypernym)end, ending

Narrower (hyponym)grave

Part meronymlife, life-time, lifespan, lifetime


5. death (time) the time at which life ends; continuing until dead

SamplesShe stayed until his death.
A struggle to the last.


Broader (hypernym)end, ending

6. Death (person) the personification of death

SamplesDeath walked the streets of the plague-bound city.

Instance hypernymimaginary being, imaginary creature

Instance hyponymGrim Reaper, Reaper

7. death (state) a final state

SamplesHe came to a bad end.
The so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end.

Synonymsdestruction, end

Broader (hypernym)state

8. death (act) the act of killing

SamplesHe had two deaths on his conscience.

Broader (hypernym)kill, killing, putting to death

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