1. Bygone; past: relics from a departed era.
2. No longer living; dead. See Synonyms at dead.
1. A dead person, especially one who has died recently: The family of the departed remained after the funeral service.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Dead persons considered as a group; the dead.
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