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"Defunción" is a noun which is often translated as "death", and "fallecimiento" is a noun which is also often translated as "death". Learn more about the difference between "defunción" and "fallecimiento" below.
defunción(
deh
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foon
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syohn
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (general)
a. death
Según el forense, la defunción se había producido por causas naturales.According to the forensic surgeon, the death was caused by natural causes.
b. decease
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
La defunción del propietario del establecimiento sorprendió a los clientes habituales.The decease of the owner of the establishment shocked regular customers.
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fallecimiento(
fah
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yeh
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see
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myehn
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(general)
a. death
Estoy muy triste por el fallecimiento de mi tío.I'm very sad about my uncle's death.
b. demise
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
Su repentino fallecimiento nos dejó impactados.His sudden demise shocked us.
c. passing
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
Lamento mucho el fallecimiento de tu mamá.I'm really sorry about your mom's passing.
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