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    Synonyms for 'death'

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Ironwil, Jan 11, 2011.

    I'm trying to find a good synonym for use in a scene, and the usual suspects have failed me. Specifically, the synonym must indicate or suggest violent death. Optimally, it would begin with the letter 'a'.

    I've hit my personal thesaurus and online synonym sites, but haven't found a good fit yet. Here's a list of those I found off the synonyms.net website:

    decease, expiry, end, termination, expiration, destruction, dying, last, demise

    None of these are any good to me. Please leave any suggestions, and don't worry about limiting them to words beginning with 'a'. Any words might give me another idea.
     
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    snuffed it, keeled over, blown to smitherenes (no idea how to spell it lol), fell by the sword.
     
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    A customer enters a pet shop.

    Mr. Praline: 'Ello, I wish to register a complaint.

    (The owner does not respond.)

    Mr. Praline: 'Ello, Miss?

    Owner: What do you mean "miss"?

    Mr. Praline: I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint!

    Owner: We're closin' for lunch.

    Mr. Praline: Never mind that, my lad. I wish to complain about this parrot what I purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.

    Owner: Oh yes, the, uh, the Norwegian Blue...What's,uh...What's wrong with it?

    Mr. Praline: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my lad. 'E's dead, that's what's wrong with it!

    Owner: No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.

    Mr. Praline: Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now.

    Owner: No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!

    Mr. Praline: The plumage don't enter into it. It's stone dead.

    Owner: Nononono, no, no! 'E's resting!

    Mr. Praline: All right then, if he's restin', I'll wake him up! (shouting at the cage) 'Ello, Mister Polly Parrot! I've got a lovely fresh cuttle fish for you if you
    show...

    (owner hits the cage)

    Owner: There, he moved!

    Mr. Praline: No, he didn't, that was you hitting the cage!

    Owner: I never!!

    Mr. Praline: Yes, you did!

    Owner: I never, never did anything...

    Mr. Praline: (yelling and hitting the cage repeatedly) 'ELLO POLLY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!

    (Takes parrot out of the cage and thumps its head on the counter. Throws it up in the air and watches it plummet to the floor.)

    Mr. Praline: Now that's what I call a dead parrot.

    Owner: No, no.....No, 'e's stunned!

    Mr. Praline: STUNNED?!?

    Owner: Yeah! You stunned him, just as he was wakin' up! Norwegian Blues stun easily, major.

    Mr. Praline: Um...now look...now look, mate, I've definitely 'ad enough of this. That parrot is definitely deceased, and when I purchased it not 'alf an hour
    ago, you assured me that its total lack of movement was due to it bein' tired and shagged out following a prolonged squawk.

    Owner: Well, he's...he's, ah...probably pining for the fjords.

    Mr. Praline: PININ' for the FJORDS?!?!?!? What kind of talk is that?, look, why did he fall flat on his back the moment I got 'im home?

    Owner: The Norwegian Blue prefers keepin' on it's back! Remarkable bird, id'nit, squire? Lovely plumage!

    Mr. Praline: Look, I took the liberty of examining that parrot when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that it had been sitting on its perch in the
    first place was that it had been NAILED there.

    (pause)

    Owner: Well, o'course it was nailed there! If I hadn't nailed that bird down, it would have nuzzled up to those bars, bent 'em apart with its beak, and
    VOOM! Feeweeweewee!

    Mr. Praline: "VOOM"?!? Mate, this bird wouldn't "voom" if you put four million volts through it! 'E's bleedin' demised!

    Owner: No no! 'E's pining!

    Mr. Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e
    rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the
    bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

    (pause)

    Owner: Well, I'd better replace it, then. (he takes a quick peek behind the counter) Sorry squire, I've had a look 'round the back of the shop, and uh,
    we're right out of parrots.

    Mr. Praline: I see. I see, I get the picture.

    Owner: I got a slug.

    (pause)

    Mr. Praline: Pray, does it talk?

    Owner: Nnnnot really.

    Mr. Praline: WELL IT'S HARDLY A BLOODY REPLACEMENT, IS IT?!!???!!?

    Owner: N-no, I guess not. (gets ashamed, looks at his feet)

    Mr. Praline: Well.

    (pause)

    Owner: (quietly) D'you.... d'you want to come back to my place?

    Mr. Praline: (looks around) Yeah, all right, sure.
     
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    Annihilation
     
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    bled out, passed on, breathed his last breath, met his end, spirit has fled, strings were cut (puppet reference), all animus gone. (Okay, that's a bit of a stretch, but you wanted an "a" phrase.)
     
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    What's wrong with plain old death? I think it does the job just fine.
     
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    bit the dust, met his maker, pushing up daisies, kicked the bucket, etc.

    You say you want to indicate violent death - best way to do this is to factor in the way he died: i.e. if he got shot you could say "got poured a cup o' lead" or something.
     
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    Nice one. "Annihilation" might just do the trick. Thanks!
     
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    or 'assassination'!
     
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    I like "shed his mortal coil". Great rhythm to it.

    -Frank
     
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    Axed.
     
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    croaked it
     
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    Vintage isn't that a Monty Python sketch?
     
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    I think "obliterated" would work better than "annihilated", since the latter somehow sounds more broad and impersonal, while obliterated is nice and visceral.
     
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    Actually, the expansion to destruction as well as death works for this situation.
     
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    Passed over / breathed his last / gave up his spirit / his soul was claimed / slipped into eternity ... I can't think of anymore. I apologise if I have repeated what has already been suggested.

    I sometimes think the simplest words can fit the best, though.
     

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