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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class III. Words Relating to Matter
Section III. Organic Matter
1. Vitality
1. Vitality in general
 
360. Death.
 
  
NOUN:DEATH; decease, demise; mortality; dying; passing -away, - of the soul; dissolution, departure, obit, release, rest, eternal rest, quietus, fall; loss, bereavement.
  end [See End] -, cessation [See Cessation] -, loss -, extinction -, ebb- of life [See Life].
  DEATH-WARRANT, deathwatch, death rattle, deathbed; stroke -, agonies -, shades -, valley of the shadow -, summons -, jaws -, hand -, bridge -, river- of death; Jordan, Jordan’s bank, “one more river to cross”; last -breath, - gasp, - agonies; dying -day, - breath, - agonies; swan song, chant du cygne [F.]; rigor mortis [L.]; Stygian shore; “crossing the bar” [Tennyson]; the great adventure.
  euthanasia, euthanasy [rare]; happy release, bona mors [L.]; break-up of the system; natural -death, - decay; sudden -, violent- death; untimely end, taking off [colloq.], watery grave; debt of nature; mortification, heart failure, suffocation, asphyxia; fatal disease (disease) [See Disease]; deathblow (killing) [See Killing].
  ANGEL OF DEATH, death’s bright angel, Azrael; King -of terrors, - Death; Death, doom (necessity) [See Necessity]; “Hell’s grim Tyrant” [Pope].
  NECROLOGY, bills of mortality, obituary.
  DEATH SONG (lamentation) [See Lamentation].
  
VERB:DIE, expire, perish; meet one’s -death, - end; pass away, pass over, be taken; yield -, resign- one’s breath; resign one’s -being, - life; end one’s -days, - life, - earthly career; breathe one’s last; cease to -live, - breathe; depart this life; be no more &c. adj.; go off [colloq.], drop off [colloq.], pop off [slang]; lose -, lay down -, relinquish -, surrender- one’s life; drop -, sink- into the grave; close one’s eyes; fall -, drop- -dead, - down dead; break one’s neck; give -, yield- up the ghost; be all over with one.
  pay the debt to nature, shuffle off this mortal coil, take one’s last sleep; go the way of all flesh; hand -, pass- -in one’s checks, - in one’s chips [all slang]; go over to the -, join the- -greater number, - majority, - great majority; join the choir invisible; awake to life immortal; come -, turn- to dust; give an obolus to Charon; cross the Stygian ferry; go to one’s long account, go to one’s last home, go to Davy Jones’s locker, go to glory [colloq. or slang]; receive one’s death warrant, make one’s will, step out [colloq.], die a natural death, go out like the snuff of a candle; come to an untimely end; catch one’s death; go off the hooks, kick the bucket, hop the twig, turn up one’s toes [all slang]; die a violent death &c. (be killed) [See Killing].
  die for one’s country, make the supreme sacrifice, go West [World War euphemism].
  
ADJECTIVE:DEAD, lifeless; deceased, demised, departed, defunct; late, gone, no more; exanimate [rare], inanimate; out of the world, taken off, released; bereft of life; stone dead; departed this life &c. v.; dead and gone; dead as -a doornail, - a doorpost, - mutton, - a herring, - nits [all slang or colloq.]; launched into eternity, gathered to one’s fathers, numbered with the dead; born into a better world, born into the next world; gone to a better land; dying -, dead- in the Lord; asleep in Jesus; with the saints.
  stillborn; mortuary; deadly (killing) [See Killing].
  DYING &c. v.; moribund, morient [obs.]; Hippocratic; in articulo [L.], in extremis [L.]; in the -jaws, - agony- of death; going, - off; aux abois [F.]; on one’s -last legs [colloq.], - deathbed; at the point of death, at death’s door, at the last gasp; near one’s end, given up, given over, booked [slang]; with one foot in -, tottering on the brink of- the grave.
  
ADVERB:post obit [L.], post mortem [L.].
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Life -ebbs, - fails, - hangs by a thread.
  2. One’s days are numbered, one’s hour is come, one’s race is run, one’s doom is sealed.
  3. Death knocks at the door, Death stares one in the face.
  4. The breath is out of the body.
  5. The grave closes over one.
  6. Sic itur ad astra.—Vergil
  7. De mortuis nil nisi bonum; dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.—Horace
  8. Honesta mors turpi vitâ potior.—Tacitus
  9. In adamantine chains shall death be bound.—Pope
  10. Mors ultima linea rerum est.—Horace
  11. Omnia mors œquat.—Claudianus
  12. Spake the grisly Terror.—Paradise Lost
  13. The lone couch of his everlasting sleep.—Shelley
  14. The push of death has swung her into life.—Tagore
  15. And Death is beautiful as feet of friend Coming with welcome at our journey’s end.—Lowell
  16. Why do we then shun Death with anxious strife? If Light can thus deceive, wherefore not Life?—J. Blanco White

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