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To die or to be killed - thesaurus

Synonyms

die

verb

to stop being alive

pass away

to die. This word is used to avoid saying “die” when you think this might upset someone

suffocate

verb

to die because you cannot breathe, or to kill someone in this way

drown

verb

to sink under water and die

starve

verb

to suffer or to die because there is not enough food

lose your life

to die as a result of something such as an accident, war, or illness

lay down your life

to die as a result of doing something good for other people

perish

verb

mainly literary to die, usually because of an illness or something that happens suddenly

expire

verb

literary to die

breathe your last (breath)

to die

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asphyxiate

verb

to kill someone by preventing them from breathing, or to die when someone prevents you from breathing

be cut off/cut down in your prime

to die when you are still young

be killed outright

to die immediately from an accident or injury

be survived by someone

if you are survived by someone, they are still alive after you have died

bite the dust

to fail, die, or stop existing

come to/meet a sticky end

to die or suffer badly, especially when this is deserved

croak

verb

very informal to die

depart

verb

literary to die

die off

if a group dies off, the members die one by one until none exist

drop dead

to die suddenly and unexpectedly

ebb

verb

mainly literary if someone’s life is ebbing or ebbing away, they are slowly dying

fade

verb

if someone fades, they lose their strength and become sick or die

fall

verb

literary if people fall in a war, they are killed

flatline

verb

informal to die

fry

verb

Americaninformal to kill someone officially as a punishment using the electric chair, or to be killed in this way

give up the ghost

to die

go

verb

spoken to die

go to glory

to die and go to heaven

hang

verb

to die in this way

(have) bought it

to have been killed

kick the bucket

to die

make the ultimate sacrifice

to die fighting for something or trying to achieve something

meet your death/end/fate

to die in a particular way

meet your maker

to die

peg out

informal to die

predecease

verb

to die before someone else

snuff it

to die

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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