the dead


: the state of being dead
usually used in the phrases rise from the dead or come back from the dead or return from the dead to mean to become alive again after dying
For a moment, I thought that my grandfather had come back from the dead.
They believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Examples of the dead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wreck led to a raft of safety improvements, among them, it is believed, the dead man’s switch, a fail-safe now found in all kinds of modern machinery. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 10 Apr. 2024 The squatters were arrested in Pennsylvania after allegedly stealing the dead woman’s Lexus and stuffing her body in a duffel bag. Emma Colton, Fox News, 9 Apr. 2024 The sequence would culminate in the Captain desperately running to board a moving plane, surrounded by people carrying the wounded and the dead. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 With fighting at a lull, workers are combing the grounds of Al-Shifa Hospital for the dead. Kate Kelly, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 Most of the dead were killed cowering in basements when their homes collapsed upon them. Jerome Hansen, Jack Schermerhorn, Ralph Nelson and Ken McCormick, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2024 Ditch the dead weight and clutter, and clear a passage forward. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 The Chinese government has made demands on behalf of the dead men’s families, including for an apology and compensation. Amy Chang Chien, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 Then the dead trees will be turned to mulch that will be spread around those still standing on the National Mall. Emily Hung, NBC News, 23 Mar. 2024

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“The dead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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