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Synonyms of death in English:


  • 1 she broke down when she learnt of her father's death
    demise, dying, end, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, departure from life, final exit, eternal rest;
    murder, killing, assassination, execution, dispatch, slaying, slaughter, massacre
    Law  decease
    rare quietus
    [Antonyms] life
  • 2 their liberation was also the death of their dream
    end, finish, cessation, termination, extinction, extinguishing, collapse, ruin, ruination, destruction, extermination, eradication, annihilation, obliteration, extirpation
    [Antonyms] birth
  • 3 Death gestured towards an open grave
    the Grim Reaper, the Dark Angel, the Angel of Death
  • Phrases

    put someone to death
    the rebels were captured and put to death
    execute, hang, send to the gibbet/gallows, behead, guillotine, decapitate, electrocute, send to the electric chair, send to the chair, shoot, put before a firing squad, send to the gas chamber, gas, crucify, stone, stone to death;
    kill, murder, assassinate, do to death, do away with, take the life of, eliminate, terminate, exterminate, destroy
    informal string up, bump off, polish off, do in, knock off, top, wipe out, take out, croak, stiff, blow away
    North American informal ice, rub out, waste, whack, scrag, smoke
    literary slay

    Word links

    necr- related prefix, as in necromancy
    -thanasia related suffix, as in euthanasia
    necropolis ancient cemetery
    thanatophobia fear of death
    thanatology study of death
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