sudden death

noun

Definition of sudden death

1 : unexpected death that is instantaneous or occurs within minutes from any cause other than violence sudden death following coronary occlusion
2 : extra play to break a tie in a sports contest in which the first to score or gain the lead wins

Examples of sudden death in a Sentence

We won 27–24 in sudden death. a serious heart condition that can result in sudden death
Recent Examples on the Web Jorginho's dubious extra time penalty levelled matters after Abraham went down under Adrian's challenge, despite minimal contact, before the English forward spurned the chance to take the resulting shootout to sudden death with his missed effort. SI.com, "Frank Lampard Offers Support to Tammy Abraham After Super Cup Penalty Miss," 15 Aug. 2019 The couple in peril consists of our heroine, Dani (Florence Pugh), an American graduate student reeling from the sudden death of her family, and Christian (Jack Reynor), the aloof boyfriend who had been on the verge of dumping her. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "The horrifying ‘Midsommar’ is a breakup movie, according to director Ari Aster," 11 July 2019 His sudden death in 1978, at 50 and after a heart attack, left her caring for their two young sons. oregonlive.com, "The amazing life of Gloria Vanderbilt," 18 June 2019 His sudden death in 1978, at 50 and after a heart attack, left her caring for their two young sons. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Gloria Vanderbilt, 95; actress, socialite was subject of scandal-tinged 1930s custody trial," 17 June 2019 That means the sudden death that Dr. Balch’s team observed in a few isolated plots could play out across the rainforest as a whole. Max Fisher, New York Times, "‘It’s Really Close’: How the Amazon Rainforest Could Self-Destruct," 30 Aug. 2019 Chris Smith will take the field with his team on Monday, less than one week after his girlfriend’s sudden death in a car accident. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "Chris Smith Will Play with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Nearly 1 Week After Girlfriend's Death," 16 Sep. 2019 According to police, a suspicious sudden death is one where the circumstances cannot be explained as opposed to a homicide, which involves intend to kill. Josiah Bates, Time, "'This Crisis Has Gone Undiscussed and Unaddressed For Years.' St. Louis Grapples With Wave of Gun Violence That Killed 13 Children This Summer," 23 Aug. 2019 The election was called following the sudden death of Mayor Bill Carpenter in July. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Brockton NAACP to host mayoral debate," 3 Sep. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sudden death

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sudden death

sports : a period of extra play that is added when teams or players are tied at the end of normal play and that ends as soon as one team or player scores a point or gains the lead
medical : quick and unexpected death from any cause other than violence

sudden death

noun

Medical Definition of sudden death

: unexpected death that is instantaneous or occurs within minutes or hours from any cause other than violence sudden death following coronary occlusion especially : sudden cardiac death

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