Deceased vs. Diseased - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Deceased

    Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. In most cases, bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the being that has died and the termination of social and familial bonds with the deceased. Other concerns include fear of death, necrophobia, anxiety, sorrow, grief, emotional pain, depression, sympathy, compassion, solitude, or saudade. Many cultures and religions have the idea of an afterlife, and also hold the idea of reward or judgement and punishment for past sin.

Wiktionary

  • Deceased (adjective)

    No longer alive, dead

  • Deceased (adjective)

    Belonging to the dead.

  • Deceased (adjective)

    One who has died. In property law, the alternate term decedent is generally used. In criminal law, “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide.

  • Deceased (noun)

    A dead person.

    "The deceased was interred in his local churchyard."

    "a memorial to the deceased of two World Wars"

  • Deceased (noun)

    One who has died. In property law, the alternate term decedent is generally used in US English. In criminal law, “the deceased” refers to the victim of a homicide.

  • Diseased (adjective)

    Affected with or suffering from disease.

  • Diseased (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of disease

Oxford Dictionary

  • Deceased (noun)

    the recently dead person in question

    "the judge inferred that the deceased was confused as to the extent of his assets"

  • Deceased (adjective)

    recently dead

    "the deceased man's family"

    "the will of Christopher Smith deceased"

  • Diseased (adjective)

    suffering from disease

    "diseased trees"

  • Diseased (adjective)

    abnormal and corrupt

    "I cannot bear your diseased view of mankind"

Webster Dictionary

  • Deceased (adjective)

    Passed away; dead; gone.

  • Diseased (adjective)

    Afflicted with disease.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Deceased (noun)

    someone who is no longer alive;

    "I wonder what the dead person would have done"

  • Deceased (adjective)

    dead;

    "he is deceased"

    "our dear departed friend"

  • Diseased (adjective)

    caused by or altered by or manifesting disease or pathology;

    "diseased tonsils"

    "a morbid growth"

    "pathologic tissue"

    "pathological bodily processes"

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