the departed


: people who have died
They left flowers at the graves of the departed.
the spirits of the departed

Examples of the departed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Parades: After dying, Minako and others stuck between worlds seek closure in monthly gatherings where the dead search for loved ones, exploring the emotions and unfinished business of the departed. Travis Bean, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Saturday marks nine days since Navalny’s death, at which time in the Orthodox Christian tradition prayers are supposed to be offered to the departed. Catherine Nicholls, CNN, 24 Feb. 2024 MacGowan sings this story not as a lament but rather a celebration of life, content in the belief that there will be a reunion of the departed somewhere down the road. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Find strength in those who honor the departed while moving forward, in those who meet terminal disease with courage and grace. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2023 This can look like singing while saying your farewell to the departed, whether during ceremonies like funerals, in the company of others, or alone in your room. Nicole Froio,, 30 Oct. 2023 In the days leading up to the occasion, the breads appear at gravesites and in cemeteries across the city as families gather to pay their respects and sweep the tombs of the departed. Megan Zhang, Saveur, 1 Nov. 2023 Festivities across the central and southern regions (and especially in Pátzcuaro) honor the departed with picnics, graveyard vigils, papier-mâché skeletons, and intricate dress and makeup. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 24 July 2023 But with Floyd and Ramsey among the departed, might have to be shootout city at SoFi Stadium with Donald potentially quintuple-teamed on every play. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 19 July 2023

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“The departed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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