loss of life

idiomatic phrase

: death
… street robberies, often accompanied by cruel wounds, and not unfrequently by loss of lifeCharles Dickens
: incidences of people dying
In 1900 a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, destroying the city and killing over 6,000 persons—the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster ever recorded in the United States.David H. Hickcox

Examples of loss of life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under that precedent, losses can be recovered only for personal injury, loss of life or physical damage to property. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 3 Apr. 2024 For the first time, our society finds itself in a situation where a lot is said about the danger of loss of life, and not so much about channels for obtaining truthful information. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Mar. 2022 Advertisement But the loss of life — about 1,200 Israelis on Oct. 7 and more than 34,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip — has caused many to double down on one side. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2024 Kirk was once angry at officials for not sounding the sirens and possibly preventing loss of life. Emily Lippiello, ABC News, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for loss of life 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loss of life was in the 15th century

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“Loss of life.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loss%20of%20life. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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