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Topic: DEATH

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: perir, from Latin perire 'to be destroyed'

perish

verb
     
per‧ish
1 [intransitive] formal or literaryMX to die, especially in a terrible or sudden way:
Hundreds perished when the ship went down.
2 [intransitive and transitive] especially British English if rubber or leather perishes, it decays
3

perish the thought!

spoken old-fashioned used to say that you hope what someone has suggested will never happen:
If we lose, perish the thought, Watford will take first place.
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