adjective de·part·ed

: no longer living

: existing in the past

Full Definition of DEPARTED

:  bygone <departed days>
:  having died especially recently <mourning our departed friend>

Examples of DEPARTED

  1. <a few crumbling ruins are all that remain of that departed civilization>

First Known Use of DEPARTED

14th century

Synonym Discussion of DEPARTED

dead, defunct, deceased, departed, late mean devoid of life. dead applies literally to what is deprived of vital force but is used figuratively of anything that has lost any attribute (as energy, activity, radiance) suggesting life <a dead, listless performance>. defunct stresses cessation of active existence or operation <a defunct television series>. deceased , departed , and late apply to persons who have died recently. deceased is the preferred term in legal use <the estate of the deceased>. departed is used usually as a euphemism <our departed sister>. late is used especially with reference to a person in a specific relation or status <the company's late president>.


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