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absolute monarchy an authoritarian governing system in which a hereditary ruler holds complete power until death.
Acts of the Apostles the fifth book of the New Testament, believed to have been written by Luke, that describes the work of Jesus Christ as it was carried on after his death by his apostles.
afterlife life after death. [1/2 definitions]
agony a violent struggle, esp. the struggle just before death. [1/3 definitions]
Alger Hiss a lawyer and U.S. public official accused in 1948 of having acted as a Communist spy in the 1930s. Convicted in 1950 on counts of perjury related to the investigation, Hiss was sentenced to five years in prison but maintained his innocence until his death (b.1904--d.1996).
anabiosis a returning to life after death or apparent death; resuscitation.
anointing of the sick a Catholic sacrament in which a priest anoints a person who is in danger of imminent death, while praying for recovery and remission of sins; last rites.
apoptosis genetically regulated cell death that occurs as a normal part of growth and development, and which also occurs when a cell becomes damaged.
ascension (cap.) in Christian theology, the bodily ascent of Jesus Christ to heaven, after his death. [1/3 definitions]
asleep into death. [1/7 definitions]
asphyxiate to cause unconsciousness or death by cutting off oxygen to; suffocate. [1/2 definitions]
autopsy a superficial and surgical examination of a corpse, usu. to find the cause of death. [1/2 definitions]
baneful causing or leading to death, destruction, or ruin; harmful or deadly.
banshee in Irish folklore, a female spirit whose wailing forbodes the death of a loved one.
bereaved in a state of grief over the death of a friend or relative. [1/2 definitions]
bereavement the condition or fact of being deprived of something or someone, especially by the death of a loved one.
bereft suffering the death of a loved one. [1/4 definitions]
bitter end death (usu. prec. by "the"). [1/2 definitions]
blood money money earned at the cost of the suffering or death of others. [1/3 definitions]
brain-dead characterized by brain death. [1/2 definitions]
camas see death camas. [1/2 definitions]