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  • v. Present participle of pass away. (to die)


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  • The thoughts of my worldly mission then came over my mind, and having thanked the Creator of all for his never-failing mercy, I closed my eyes, and was passing away into the world of dreaming existence, when suddenly there burst on my soul the serenade of the Rosebreasted bird, so rich, so mellow, so loud in the stillness of the night, that sleep fled from my eyelids.

    John James Audubon

  • But she still got a shock when Nonna Anna decided, a short while after the passing away of her husband, to move in with her grandson Kostas and his young wife.


  • My mother, Mary Elizabeth Cohen Jenkins, buried six of her children before passing away herself.

    Follow the Model

  • When the shadows of earth are passing away and the realities of another life shall dawn, I fear there are many so-called victors who will take inferior positions, since the time has come when true worth alone will pass muster.

    Battles and Victories of Allen Allensworth, A. M., Ph. D., Lieutenant-Colonel, Retired, U. S. Army

  • But if it is almost certain that the rabbi, who, as I said, was the precursor of Rashi, had been dead for twelve years, 1040 (possibly 1038) is probably the year of the death of another authority, no less celebrated, Hai Gaon, whose passing away marks the irreparable decadence of the Babylonian Gaonate.


  • She looked around conspiratorially, satisfied herself that the nearby bushes contained no obvious eavesdroppers and continued almost in a whisper: "... what with Mr Tatenor passing away as he did, and all — I gather she had to go down to try and sell her yacht, sir."

    Salvage for the Saint

  • The Binder, which is now gradually passing away among civilized people, has its representative among some of the savage races: the squaw belt is used among most of the Sioux tribes, and is applied by them during confinement, either before the expulsion of the child or before the expulsion of the placenta, and is worn until the next day.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples


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