Synonyms of death

Killing, homicide, manslaughter, murder, assassination, trucidation; effusion of blood; blood, blood shed; gore, slaughter, carnage, butchery; battue, massacre; fusillade, noyade; thuggery, thuggism, deathblow, finishing stroke, coup de grace, quietus; execution; judicial murder; martyrdom. Killer, butcher, slayer, murderer, Cain, assassin, terrorist, cutthroat, garroter, bravo, Thug, Moloch, matador, sabreur; guet-a-pens; gallows, executioner; man-eater, apache, hatchet man [U.S.], … Read more


Thanatology is the science that study death. It investigates the circumstances surrounding death, the grief experienced by the deceased’s loved ones, and larger social attitudes towards death. It is primarily an interdisciplinary study, frequently undertaken by professionals in nursing, psychiatry, and veterinary science. It also describes bodily changes that accompany death and after-death period. The … Read more


Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. This may be in relation to a crime or to a civil action. The use of the term “forensics” in place of “forensic science” could be considered incorrect; the term “forensic” … Read more

Biological death

Physical death is the cessation of normal body functions, the irreversible loss of both components of consciousness, arousal and awareness . In legal terms defined as “brain death”, i.e., loss of higher cortical functions. Death is the irreversible ending of life. Biologically, death can occur to wholes, to parts, or to both. For example, it … Read more

Spiritual death

A classical point of departure in defining death, seems to be life itself. Death is perceived either as a cessation of life – or as a passage on the way to a continuation of life by other means. A logically more rigorous approach, would be to ask “who dies” when death occurs. In other words, … Read more


According to Gaston Paris (Romania, xxiv., 131; 1895), Macabre is a French word that makes its first known appearance in the fourteenth century, in a fragmented poem by Jean le Fèvre’s Respit de la mort (1376) “Je lis de Macabre la danse”. The term is supposed by some sources to have developed from Maccabee, the … Read more


Necrophilia, also known as necrophilism, necrolagnia, necrocoitus, necrochlesis, and thanatophilia, is a mental disease whereby the perpetrator gets sexual pleasure in having sex with the dead (Aggrawal, 2014). It is classified as a paraphilia by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnostic manual, as well as by the American … Read more