death
noun Etymology: Middle English deeth, from Old English dēath; akin to Old Norse dauthi death, deyja to die — more at die Date: before 12th century 1. a. a permanent cessation of all vital functions ; the end of life — compare brain death b. an instance of dying <
a disease causing many deaths
>
2. a. the cause or occasion of loss of life <
drinking was the death of him
>
b. a cause of ruin <
the slander that was death to my character — Wilkie Collins
>
3. capitalized the destroyer of life represented usually as a skeleton with a scythe 4. the state of being dead 5. a. the passing or destruction of something inanimate <
the death of vaudeville
>
b. extinction 6. civil death 7. slaughter 8. Christian Science the lie of life in matter ; that which is unreal and untrue ; illusion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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