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Usage statistics for the noun death:

spoken English20.45%written English79.55% imaginative writing51.57%informational writing48.43%

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Definition of the noun death

What does death mean as a name of something?

Death is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • death: deaths
  • Death: -

  1. the event of dying or departure from life
  2. the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism
  3. the absence of life or state of being dead
  4. the time when something ends
    • example: it was the death of all his plans
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of death: demise / dying
    • antonym of death: birth
    • more generic words: end / ending = the point in time at which something ends
    • more specific word: grave = death of a person
    • part of: life / life-time / lifespan / lifetime = the period during which something is functional
  5. the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
    • example: she stayed until his death
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of death: last
    • more generic words: end / ending = the point in time at which something ends
  6. the personification of death
  7. a final state
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of death: destruction / end
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  8. the act of killing
    • example: he had two deaths on his conscience
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: kill / killing / putting to death = the act of terminating a life


  1. Death: The concept of Death as a sentient entity has existed in many societies since the beginning of recorded history. In English, Death is often given the name "the Grim Reaper" and, from the 15th century onwards, came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. In Jewish tradition, Death was referred to as the Angel of Life and Death or the Angel of Dark and Light stemming from the Bible and Talmudic lore. The Bible itself does refer to the "Angel of Life and Death" when he reaps Egypt's firstborns, but he is not connected to Satan. There is also a reference to "Abaddon", an Angel who is known as the "Angel of the Abyss". In Talmudic lore, he is characterized as archangel Samael.
  2. Death is a fictional character in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and a parody of several other personifications of death. Like most Grim Reapers, he is a black-robed skeleton usually carrying a scythe. His jurisdiction, is specifically the Discworld itself; he is only a part, or minion, of Azrael, the universal Death. He has been gently used by Pratchett to explore the problems of human existence, and has become more sympathetic throughout the series.
  3. Death is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain Marvel #26 and was created by Mike Friedrich and Jim Starlin.
  4. Death is a fictional character from the DC comic book series, The Sandman. The character first appeared in The Sandman vol. 2, #8, and was created by Neil Gaiman and Mike Dringenberg.

There are other characters with in their name, like Death.., Death..., Dr. Death, Mr. Death, Death Wish, Death Adder, Death metal, Death Nurse, Death's Head, Death's-Head, The Red Death, Angel of Death, Goddess of Death, The Angel of Death, Balsac the Jaws of Death.


  1. "Death" is the second single by English indie rock band White Lies, released through Fiction Records. "Death" was initially released on CD and 7-inch vinyl on 22 September 2008, prior to the release of To Lose My Life... The track was then re-released on 22 June 2009 on multiple formats, as the band's fifth and final single from their debut album. In the United States, the track was released as part of a four track extended play, titled Death, alongside all United Kingdom-released B-sides.
  2. "Death" is the fourth officially released album/EP by Finnish black metal band Thy Serpent. It is the last heard of Thy Serpent since its release in 2000. It is also the first of their work to feature their current lineup, with Tomi Ullgren on lead, and the new drummer. It was recorded at a different studio than the three previous CDs.
  3. "Death" is a musical single of White Lies.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  4. "Death" is a musical album of Teitanblood.
    • released on
  5. "Death" a.k.a. "Death!" is a composition.
  6. "Death" is a musical album of RAM.
    • released on
  7. "Death" is a musical album of Numbers.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  8. "Death" is a musical EP of Humanoids From The Deep.
    • released on
  9. "Death" is a musical EP of Regenerator.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  10. "Death" is a musical EP of Deonda Ltd.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  11. "Death" is a musical album of Grand Salvo.
    • released on (6 years ago)


Who is Death?

Death a.k.a. Thomas P. Heckmann: Thomas Peter Heckmann ist ein deutscher Techno-DJ und -Musikproduzent sowie Plattenlabel-Gründer.


  1. Death was an American melodic death metal band from Orlando, Florida, founded in 1983 by guitarist and vocalist Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's driving force, Chuck Schuldiner, is acknowledged as the originator of extreme metal. The band ceased to exist after Schuldiner died of brain cancer in December 2001, but remains an enduring metal brand. As of 2013, Death has sold over three million albums worldwide, and one million in the United States. The group is considered the best-selling death metal band on a global level.
  2. Death is a garage rock and protopunk band formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1971 by brothers Bobby, David, and Dannis Hackney. The trio started out as a funk band but switched to rock after seeing a concert by The Who. Seeing Alice Cooper play was also an inspiration. Music critic Peter Margasak retrospectively wrote that David "pushed the group in a hard-rock direction that presaged punk, and while this certainly didn’t help them find a following in the mid-70s, today it makes them look like visionaries." The band broke up by 1977 but reformed in 2009 when the Drag City label released their 70s demos for the first time.

There are other groups with in their name, like Death.., O'Death, Death Ss, Death!ss, Death..., Dr. Death, Fan death, Mr. Death, Acid Death, Death Card, Death Cult, Death I Am, Death Room, Death Side, Death Trip, Death Yell, Viva Death, After Death, Armed Death and Deals Death.


Death is a brand of cigarettes sold by the Enlightened Tobacco Company in the United Kingdom from 1991 to 1999.


  1. Death is the thirteenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in Tarot, tarock and tarocchi games as well as in divination.
  2. Death is a 2003 British Academy Television Craft Award for Best New Director - Factual nominated TV program aired on July 2002 in United Kingdom.
    • begun in (13 years ago)
    • country: United Kingdom
    • award:
      • British Academy Television Craft Award for Best New Director - Factual nomination for Alice Yglesias
      • British Academy Television Craft Award for Best New Director - Factual, received by Alice Yglesias
  3. Death is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Death

Phrases starting with the word Death:

  1. death cap
  2. death cup
  3. Death ray
  4. death row
  5. death tax
  6. death bell
  7. death camp
  8. death duty
  9. Death grip
  10. death mask
  11. death rate
  12. death seat
  13. Death Star
  14. death toll
  15. death wish

Phrases ending with the word Death:

  1. To Death
  2. cot death
  3. Fan death
  4. cell death
  5. crib death

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Printed books with definitions for Death

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Google previewDeath Is a Serious Business (2009)

by Harold Quant

Death Is a Serious Business.




Google previewHow to Stop Living and Start Worrying (2013)

Conversations with Carl Cederström by Simon Critchley, Carl Cederström

Almost Nothing that, to Heidegger, death is the possibility of impossibility. You then move on...

Google previewThe Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, (1962-1963) (1992)

A Psychological Revolution by Jiddu Krishnamurti

You know, death is an extraordinary thing. Death is the unknown.

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Usage statistics about death

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun death:

spoken English20.45%written English79.55% imaginative writing51.57%informational writing48.43%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun death:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun death and its most common antonym:


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Sign language

Harry Potter: You-Know-Who and the Death Eaters (Sign Language)

The World of HARRY POTTER: ASL Deconstruction Series Book Edition (7/16). Closed-Captioning available for non-signers. Toggle the CC link to activate the ...

Quotes about Death

Death by murder- death by chance
Death by secret night romance
Death by number- paint the lines
Death in color, or black and lie
Accidental- planned, prolonged
Death by always doing wrong
Death by self- a timeless art
Death by one last broken heart (Jessy Liz)
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Scrabble value of D2E1A1T1H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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