decease


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decease

(dĭ-sēs′)
intr.v. de·ceased, de·ceasing, de·ceases
To die.
n.
The act of dying; death.
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References in classic literature ?
Could the departed, whoever he may be, return in a week after his decease, he would almost invariably find himself at a higher or lower point than he had formerly occupied, on the scale of public appreciation.
"Yes," he said; "I prefer 'Decease.' It doesn't sound so dreadful as 'Death.'"
By their decease I became the lawfull Inheritress of their House and Fortune.