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deceased

1) adj. dead. 2) n. the person who has died, as used in the handling of his/her estate, probate of will and other proceedings after death, or in reference to the victim of a homicide (as: "The deceased had been shot three times.") In probate law the more genteel word is the "decedent."

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The postmaster's evidence was of importance in one respect: it suggested the motive which had brought the deceased to Zeeland.
Consulting a later number of the newspaper Emily discovered that the deceased person had been identified by a witness from London.
All around the castle was a scene of busy commotion; for such funeral banquets were times of general and profuse hospitality, which not only every one who could claim the most distant connexion with the deceased, but all passengers whatsoever, were invited to partake.
The isolated rock in question presented a spectacle of the kind, numerous dead bodies being deposited in canoes on its summit; while on poles around were trophies, or, rather, funeral offerings of trinkets, garments, baskets of roots, and other articles for the use of the deceased. A reverential feeling protects these sacred spots from robbery or insult.
Volumnia remarks of the deceased that he was the trustiest and dearest person!
Obedient to the sign, the girls raised the bier to the elevation of their heads, and advanced with slow and regulated steps, chanting, as they proceeded, another wailing song in praise of the deceased. Gamut, who had been a close observer of rites he deemed so heathenish, now bent his head over the shoulder of the unconscious father, whispering:
The unfortunate woman's last idea in connection with Sir Percival was the idea of annoying and distressing him, and of elevating herself, as she supposed, in the estimation of the patients and nurses, by assuming the character of his deceased wife, the scheme of this personation having evidently occurred to her after a stolen interview which she had succeeded in obtaining with Lady Glyde, and at which she had observed the extraordinary accidental likeness between the deceased lady and herself.
Cavendish who entered the deceased's room through the door communicating with Mademoiselle Cynthia's room."
Macallan had ever given the deceased lady the slightest cause for jealousy.
THE sudden death of so prominent a member of the social world as the Honorable Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon created a sensation(at least, in the circles more immediately connected with the deceased) which had hardly quite subsided in a fortnight.
The Detective eagerly scanned the page, and found an official statement that the deceased was dead.
On forcing the door of the room, the deceased gentleman was discovered, dead, with the pillow of the bed over his face.