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Types of death

accidental death


a death that was not caused on purpose: used for reporting the decision of a coroner (=an official who examines the cause of someone’s death)

carbon monoxide poisoning


a serious condition in which someone breathes in a lot of carbon monoxide so that their blood cannot carry oxygen around their body, and they quickly die



a death caused by an accident, war, violence, or disease



a martyr’s pain or death



an occasion when someone is affected by poison



a situation in which a person or animal suffers or dies because they do not have enough to eat



used about the death of someone who dies at a time that makes their death extremely sad or unexpected, especially because they are young



an early grave

death before the natural age that you would expect

at the hands of someone

if you suffer or die at the hands of someone, they make you suffer or die

a watery grave

a place where someone drowns (=dies under water)

death by misadventure

death caused by an accident

the supreme sacrifice

the act of dying for your country or your beliefs, or to save other people

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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