Synonyms of dead in English:

dead


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adjective

1‘my parents are dead’

SYNONYMS
deceased, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
late, lost, lamented
perished, fallen, slain, slaughtered, killed, murdered
lifeless, not breathing, having breathed one's last, defunct, extinct, inanimate, insentient, insensate, inert
informal dead as a doornail, as dead as a doornail, six feet under, pushing up daisies, under the sod
euphemistic with God, asleep, at peace
rare demised, exanimate
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alive, living

2‘there are patches of dead ground on both sides of the plain’

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barren, lifeless, bare, empty, desolate, sterile
without life, without living things
ANTONYMS

fertile, lush

3‘he is fluent in ancient Hebrew and other dead languages’

SYNONYMS
obsolete, extinct, defunct, discontinued, no longer in use, disused, fallen into disuse, lapsed, abandoned, discarded, superseded, vanished, forgotten
archaic, antiquated, fossilized, ancient, very old
literary of yore
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current, modern

4‘there was no dialling tone—the phone was dead’

SYNONYMS
not working, out of order, out of commission, inoperative, inactive, ineffective, in disrepair, in a state of disrepair, broken, broken-down, malfunctioning, defective
informal kaput, conked out, on the blink, bust, busted, gone phut, finished, done for, dud
British informal knackered, duff
British vulgar slang buggered
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in working order

5‘I gave him a dead leg’

SYNONYMS
numb, benumbed, deadened, desensitized, insensible, insensate, unfeeling
paralysed, incapacitated, immobilized, frozen, useless

6‘his voice was dead and cold’

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emotionless, unemotional, unfeeling, impassive, unresponsive, insensitive, indifferent, dispassionate, inexpressive, wooden, stony, cold, frigid, inert
deadpan, flat, toneless, hollow
blank, vacant, glazed, glassy
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passionate

7‘his old affection for Alison was not quite dead’

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extinguished, quenched, quashed, quelled, suppressed, smothered, stifled
finished, terminated, over, gone, no more
a thing of the past, ancient history

8‘this is such a dead town’

SYNONYMS
uneventful, uninteresting, unexciting, uninspiring, dull, boring, flat, quiet, sleepy, slow, stale, humdrum, tame, pedestrian, lacklustre, lifeless
tedious, tiresome, wearisome
backward, backwoods, behind the times
informal one-horse, dead-and-alive
North American informal dullsville
ANTONYMS

lively

9‘there was dead silence in the room’

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complete, absolute, total, entire, outright, utter, downright, out-and-out, thorough, unqualified, unmitigated
ANTONYMS

partial

10‘Bill is a dead shot with a rifle or revolver’

SYNONYMS
unerring, unfailing, impeccable, sure, true, correct, accurate, exact, precise, direct
deadly, lethal
British inch-perfect
British informal spot on, bang on
ANTONYMS

poor


adverb

1‘he was dead serious in his accusations’

SYNONYMS
completely, absolutely, totally, utterly, deadly, perfectly, entirely, wholly, fully, beyond, quite, thoroughly, unreservedly
definitely, certainly, positively, unconditionally, categorically, unquestionably, no doubt, undoubtedly, without a doubt, without question, surely, unequivocally
exactly, precisely, decisively, conclusively, manifestly, in every way, in every respect, one hundred per cent, every inch, to the hilt
ANTONYMS

partially

2‘red flares were seen dead ahead’

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directly, exactly, precisely, immediately, right, straight, plumb, due, squarely
informal bang, slap bang, smack

3‘the windows are dead easy to open’

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very, extremely, exceedingly, exceptionally, tremendously, immensely, hugely
extraordinarily, extra, inordinately, unusually, uncommonly, distinctly, decidedly, particularly, especially, remarkably, really, truly
most, so
très
Northern English right
informal awfully, terribly, mega, ultra, oh-so, damn, damned
British informal ever so, well, jolly, bloody
North American real, mighty, awful, plumb, darned, way
South African informal lekker
informal, dated frightfully, devilishly
archaic exceeding

Phrases

    dead end

    1‘the alley was a dead end’


    SYNONYMS
    no through road, blind alley, cul-de-sac

    2‘his career has hit a dead end’


    SYNONYMS
    impasse, deadlock, stalemate, checkmate, stand-off
    standstill, halt, stop, stoppage
    British full stop
    dead on one's feet

    ‘I didn't stay long, as I was dead on my feet’


    SYNONYMS
    exhausted, tired out, worn out, weary, dog-tired, bone-tired, bone-weary, ready to drop, on one's last legs, asleep on one's feet, drained, fatigued, enervated, debilitated, spent
    jet-lagged
    out of breath, breathless, panting, puffing, puffed, puffed out, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath
    informal done in, all in, beat, dead beat, shattered, bushed, fagged out, knocked out, wiped out, running on empty, zonked out, worn to a frazzle, frazzled, bushwhacked
    British informal knackered, whacked, whacked out, shagged out, jiggered
    Scottish informal wabbit
    North American informal pooped, tuckered out, fried, whipped, gassed
    Australian, New Zealand informal stonkered
    British vulgar slang buggered
    Australian, New Zealand vulgar slang rooted
    archaic toilworn
    rare fordone
    ANTONYMS

    fresh as a daisy, raring to go

    dead loss

    1‘the competition was a dead loss’


    SYNONYMS
    failure, fiasco, debacle, catastrophe, disaster, blunder, vain attempt, abortion, defeat
    British damp squib
    informal flop, botch, hash, foul-up, screw-up, washout, let-down, dead duck, lead balloon, lemon, fail
    British informal cock-up, pig's ear
    North American informal snafu, clinker
    vulgar slang fuck-up
    British vulgar slang balls-up
    ANTONYMS

    success

    2‘he was a dead loss as a cook’


    SYNONYMS
    failure, loser, born loser, incompetent, non-achiever, underachiever, ne'er-do-well, disappointment, write-off
    no one, nobody
    informal no-hoper, flop, dud, non-starter, washout, lemon
    ANTONYMS

    success