early, premature, untimely

The president's untimely death has thrown the country into chaos.

sudden, unexpected
immediate, instant
lingering, slow
approaching, imminent, impending
certain, inevitable

He had been miraculously saved from almost certain death.

an escalating series of tragic and inevitable deaths


Obesity is a leading cause of preventable deaths.

needless, senseless, unnecessary

needless deaths in a war created by hatred

horrible, horrific, terrible
grisly, gruesome

the tragic death of their son

mysterious, suspicious

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

natural, unnatural

a verdict of accidental death


People can sue for wrongful death. (AmE, law)

brutal, violent

Police report a decrease in violent deaths.

agonizing, painful
cot (BrE), crib (AmE)

The most common cause of neonatal death is birth defects.

cancer, cancer-related

More than 30% of all cancer deaths in the country can be attributed to smoking.

drug-related, overdose

an increase in drug overdose deaths

combat (AmE)

Women accounted for 2% of all combat deaths.


The bombing resulted in many civilian deaths.

living (figurative)

the living death of captivity

bring, cause, lead to, mean, result in

the drivers who bring death to our roads

Poor living conditions can lead to early death.

Touching the wires means instant death.

The brutal attack resulted in the man's death.

die, face, meet, suffer

She died a slow and painful death.

He met his death two years later.

approach, be near, near
avoid, cheat, defy, escape

He escaped death by inches when a tree fell on his tent.


drugs which will hasten the death of a terminally ill patient


She faked her own death so he couldn't find her.

save sb from
grieve, mourn

They are still mourning the death of their daughter.


How far would they go to avenge the death of their friend?


What kind of man orders the death of his own sister?

experience, witness

He witnessed the death of his mother from tuberculosis.

celebrate, commemorate, mark

a service to commemorate the death of thousands of soldiers


No deaths from the disease have been recorded since 1990.

bleed to, burn to, choke to, freeze to, starve to
condemn sb to, sentence sb to
batter sb to, beat sb to, burn sb to, choke sb to, club sb to, crush sb to, flog sb to, hack sb to, kick sb to, put sb to, stab sb to, stone sb to, torture sb to, trample sb to
be punishable by, be punished by

Incest was punishable by death.

come, happen, occur

Her death came at the age of 82.

More deaths occur in winter.

result from sth

deaths resulting from disease


It's a curious sensation, knowing that your death is approaching soon.


The government's campaign aims to cut the death rate from heart attacks.

count, toll

The death toll in the earthquake has been put at over one thousand.

penalty, sentence

If found guilty of drug trafficking, the pair could face the death penalty.


There are currently over 3 000 prisoners on death row.


Your next of kin will receive death benefit if you die in an accident.

duties (BrE), tax (AmE)

After the death duties had been paid, there was little money left for the family.


The actor has received death threats since appearing in the controversial movie.


He took drugs as if he had some kind of death wish.


a death notice in the newspaper


Chicago's birth and death records


It's easier to trace ancestors if you know their birth or death dates.

agonies, throes

The snake was writhing in its death agonies.

By 1740, European feudalism was in its death throes. (figurative)

bed (usually deathbed)

On his deathbed, my father made me promise not to sell the house.


Paramilitary death squads are operating in the area.


The prisoners were sent on a death march through the jungle.

warrant (often figurative)

By publicly condemning the terrorists, he was signing his own death warrant.


He died as a prisoner of war in an enemy death camp.


The movie contains plenty of death scenes.

after (sb's) death

Do you believe in life after death?

at death (formal)

The average age at death of plague victims was 14.

before (sb's) death
in death

His face looked more peaceful in death than it had during his last days.

near (to) death

It was clear that the dog was near death.

on sb's death

On Samuel's death, the farm passed to his sons.

death by

death by starvation

death from

Two deaths from cholera have been reported.

cause of death

The coroner said the cause of death was a stroke.

a matter of life and death, a matter of life or death

Delivering on time is a matter of life and death for a small company.

put sb to death
sentence of death

Four prisoners were under sentence of death.

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