Death


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death (noun)
1.
the permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities
SYNONYMS:
curtains, decease, demise, dissolution, doom, end, exit, expiration, expiry, fate, grave, great divide, passage, passing, quietus, sleep
RELATED WORDS:
casualty, fatality; martyrdom, self-destruction, self-murder, self-slaughter, suicide; annihilation, destruction, ending, extermination, ruin; assassination, execution, killing, massacre, slaughter
NEAR ANTONYMS:
existence, life; creation, genesis, origination, rise
birth, nativity
death (noun)
2.
the state of being dead
SYNONYMS:
dead, deadness, grave, lifelessness, nothingness, sleep
RELATED WORDS:
mortality
NEAR ANTONYMS:
immortality; life span, lifetime
existence, life
death (noun)
3.
the act of ceasing to exist
SYNONYMS:
demise, expiration, expiry, termination
RELATED WORDS:
dispersion, dissolution; cessation, close, conclusion, decease, discontinuance, doom, end, ending, finish, halt, lapse, passing, quietus, shutdown, shutoff, stop, stoppage, surcease; suicide; annihilation, destruction, ruin
NEAR ANTONYMS:
existence, persistence, prolongation; inauguration, initiation, institution, origination
alpha, beginning, birth, commencement, creation, dawn, genesis, inception, incipience, incipiency, launch, morning, onset, outset, start
death (noun)
4.
something that is the cause of one's ultimate failure or loss of life
SYNONYMS:
death, destruction, ruin, ruination, undoing
RELATED WORDS:
bane, curse, torment; Achilles' heel, tragic flaw
death (noun)
5.
the killing of a large number of people
SYNONYMS:
bloodbath, butchery, carnage, death, holocaust, slaughter
RELATED WORDS:
bloodletting, bloodshed, foul play, homicide, killing, manslaughter, murder, slaying; mortality; annihilation, decimation, demolishing, destruction, devastation, eradication, extermination; genocide, pogrom; assassination, execution
Death (Wikipedia)

The human skull is used universally as a symbol of death.
Statue of Death, personified as a human skeleton dressed in a shroud and clutching a scythe, from the Cathedral of Trier in Trier, Germany
Death tending to his flowers, in Kuoleman Puutarha, Hugo Simberg (1906)

Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism.Phenomena which commonly bring about death include aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or major trauma resulting in fatal injury. The remains of a living organism begin to decompose shortly after death.

Death, particularly of humans, has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the deceased and the termination of social and familial bonds. Other concerns include fear of death, necrophobia, anxiety, sorrow, grief, emotional pain, depression, sympathy, compassion, solitude, or saudade.

Many cultures and religions have the idea of an afterlife, and also hold the idea of judgement and reward for good deeds or punishment for sin.

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