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"Difunto" is an adjective which is often translated as "deceased", and "fallecido" is an adjective which is also often translated as "deceased". Learn more about the difference between "difunto" and "fallecido" below.
difunto(
dee
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foon
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toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (dead)
a. deceased
El artista hace figuras de músicos difuntos para adornar los altares de muertos.The artist makes figures of deceased musicians to decorate Day of the Dead altars.
La familia del paciente difunto está demandando al hospital donde murió.The family of the deceased patient is suing the hospital where he died.
b. late
¿Este coche le pertenecía a su difunta esposa?Did this car belong to your late wife?
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (dead person)
a. deceased
El alcalde dio sus condolencias a la familia del difunto.The mayor offered his condolences to the family of the deceased.
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fallecido(
fah
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yeh
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see
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doh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (dead)
a. deceased
Todos mis abuelos han estado fallecidos por muchos años.All of my grandparents have been deceased for many years.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (dead person)
a. deceased
El albacea debe ocuparse de la propiedad y las deudas del fallecido.The executor must deal with the property and debts of the deceased.
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