Death

Definition of Death

Pronunciation: dĕth
n.1.The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
2.Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the death of memory.
The death of a language can not be exactly compared with the death of a plant.
- J. Peile.
3.Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
A death that I abhor.
- Shak.
Let me die the death of the righteous.
- Num. xxiii. 10.
4.Cause of loss of life.
Swiftly flies the feathered death.
- Dryden.
He caught his death the last county sessions.
- Addison.
5.Personified: The destroyer of life, - conventionally represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
Death! great proprietor of all.
- Young.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death.
- Rev. vi. 8.
6.Danger of death.
7.Murder; murderous character.
Not to suffer a man of death to live.
- Bacon.
8.(Theol.) Loss of spiritual life.
To be carnally minded is death.
- Rom. viii. 6.
9.Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
It was death to them to think of entertaining such doctrines.
- Atterbury.
And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto death.
- Judg. xvi. 16.
Black death
See Black death, in the Vocabulary.
Civil death
the separation of a man from civil society, or the debarring him from the enjoyment of civil rights, as by banishment, attainder, abjuration of the realm, entering a monastery, etc.
Death adder
a - (Zool.) A kind of viper found in South Africa (Acanthophis tortor); - so called from the virulence of its venom.
- Blackstone.
b - A venomous Australian snake of the family Elapidæ, of several species, as the Hoplocephalus superbus and Acanthopis antarctica.
Death bell
a bell that announces a death.
The death bell thrice was heard to ring.
- Mickle.
And round about in reel and rout,
The death fires danced at night.
- Coleridge.
At all ages the death rate is higher in towns than in rural districts.
- Darwin.
Have the gates of death been opened unto thee?
- Job xxxviii. 17.

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