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 for civil death
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Death \Death\ (d[e^]th), n. [OE. deth, dea[eth], AS.
     de['a][eth]; akin to OS. d[=o][eth], D. dood, G. tod, Icel.
     dau[eth]i, Sw. & Dan. d["o]d, Goth. dau[thorn]us; from a verb
     meaning to die. See Die, v. i., and cf. Dead.]
     1. The cessation of all vital phenomena without capability of
        resuscitation, either in animals or plants.
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     Note: Local death is going on at all times and in all parts
           of the living body, in which individual cells and
           elements are being cast off and replaced by new; a
           process essential to life. General death is of two
           kinds; death of the body as a whole (somatic or
           systemic death), and death of the tissues. By the
           former is implied the absolute cessation of the
           functions of the brain, the circulatory and the
           respiratory organs; by the latter the entire
           disappearance of the vital actions of the ultimate
           structural constituents of the body. When death takes
           place, the body as a whole dies first, the death of the
           tissues sometimes not occurring until after a
           considerable interval. --Huxley.
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     2. Total privation or loss; extinction; cessation; as, the
        death of memory.
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              The death of a language can not be exactly compared
              with the death of a plant.            --J. Peile.
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     3. Manner of dying; act or state of passing from life.
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              A death that I abhor.                 --Shak.
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              Let me die the death of the righteous. --Num. xxiii.
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     4. Cause of loss of life.
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              Swiftly flies the feathered death.    --Dryden.
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              He caught his death the last county sessions.
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     5. Personified: The destroyer of life, -- conventionally
        represented as a skeleton with a scythe.
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              Death! great proprietor of all.       --Young.
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              And I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name
              that sat on him was Death.            --Rev. vi. 8.
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     6. Danger of death. "In deaths oft." --2 Cor. xi. 23.
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     7. Murder; murderous character.
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              Not to suffer a man of death to live. --Bacon.
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     8. (Theol.) Loss of spiritual life.
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              To be carnally minded is death.       --Rom. viii.
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     9. Anything so dreadful as to be like death.
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              It was death to them to think of entertaining such
              doctrines.                            --Atterbury.
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              And urged him, so that his soul was vexed unto
              death.                                --Judg. xvi.
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     Note: Death is much used adjectively and as the first part of
           a compound, meaning, in general, of or pertaining to
           death, causing or presaging death; as, deathbed or
           death bed; deathblow or death blow, etc.
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     Black death. See Black death, in the Vocabulary.
     Civil death, the separation of a man from civil society, or
        the debarring him from the enjoyment of civil rights, as
        by banishment, attainder, abjuration of the realm,
        entering a monastery, etc. --Blackstone.
     Death adder. (Zool.)
        (a) A kind of viper found in South Africa ({Acanthophis
            tortor); -- so called from the virulence of its
        (b) A venomous Australian snake of the family
            Elapid[ae], of several species, as the
            Hoplocephalus superbus and Acanthopis antarctica.
     Death bell, a bell that announces a death.
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              The death bell thrice was heard to ring. --Mickle.
     Death candle, a light like that of a candle, viewed by the
        superstitious as presaging death.
     Death damp, a cold sweat at the coming on of death.
     Death fire, a kind of ignis fatuus supposed to forebode
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              And round about in reel and rout,
              The death fires danced at night.      --Coleridge.
     Death grapple, a grapple or struggle for life.
     Death in life, a condition but little removed from death; a
        living death. [Poetic] "Lay lingering out a five years'
        death in life." --Tennyson.
     Death rate, the relation or ratio of the number of deaths
        to the population.
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              At all ages the death rate is higher in towns than
              in rural districts.                   --Darwin.
     Death rattle, a rattling or gurgling in the throat of a
        dying person.
     Death's door, the boundary of life; the partition dividing
        life from death.
     Death stroke, a stroke causing death.
     Death throe, the spasm of death.
     Death token, the signal of approaching death.
     Death warrant.
        (a) (Law) An order from the proper authority for the
            execution of a criminal.
        (b) That which puts an end to expectation, hope, or joy.
     Death wound.
        (a) A fatal wound or injury.
        (b) (Naut.) The springing of a fatal leak.
     Spiritual death (Scripture), the corruption and perversion
        of the soul by sin, with the loss of the favor of God.
     The gates of death, the grave.
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              Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? --Job
                                                    xxxviii. 17.
     The second death, condemnation to eternal separation from
        God. --Rev. ii. 11.
     To be the death of, to be the cause of death to; to make
        die. "It was one who should be the death of both his
        parents." --Milton.
     Syn: Death, Decease, Demise, Departure, Release.
     Usage: Death applies to the termination of every form of
            existence, both animal and vegetable; the other words
            only to the human race. Decease is the term used in
            law for the removal of a human being out of life in
            the ordinary course of nature. Demise was formerly
            confined to decease of princes, but is now sometimes
            used of distinguished men in general; as, the demise
            of Mr. Pitt. Departure and release are peculiarly
            terms of Christian affection and hope. A violent death
            is not usually called a decease. Departure implies a
            friendly taking leave of life. Release implies a
            deliverance from a life of suffering or sorrow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Civil \Civ"il\, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil.
     See City.]
     1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his
        relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within
        the city or state.
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     2. Subject to government; reduced to order; civilized; not
        barbarous; -- said of the community.
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              England was very rude and barbarous; for it is but
              even the other day since England grew civil.
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     3. Performing the duties of a citizen; obedient to
        government; -- said of an individual.
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              Civil men come nearer the saints of God than others;
              they come within a step or two of heaven. --Preston
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     4. Having the manners of one dwelling in a city, as opposed
        to those of savages or rustics; polite; courteous;
        complaisant; affable.
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     Note: "A civil man now is one observant of slight external
           courtesies in the mutual intercourse between man and
           man; a civil man once was one who fulfilled all the
           duties and obligations flowing from his position as a
           'civis' and his relations to the other members of that
           'civitas.'" --Trench
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     5. Pertaining to civic life and affairs, in distinction from
        military, ecclesiastical, or official state.
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     6. Relating to rights and remedies sought by action or suit
        distinct from criminal proceedings.
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     Civil action, an action to enforce the rights or redress
        the wrongs of an individual, not involving a criminal
     Civil architecture, the architecture which is employed in
        constructing buildings for the purposes of civil life, in
        distinction from military and naval architecture, as
        private houses, palaces, churches, etc.
     Civil death. (Law.) See under Death.
     Civil engineering. See under Engineering.
     Civil law. See under Law.
     Civil list. See under List.
     Civil remedy (Law), that given to a person injured, by
        action, as opposed to a criminal prosecution.
     Civil service, all service rendered to and paid for by the
        state or nation other than that pertaining to naval or
        military affairs.
     Civil service reform, the substitution of business
        principles and methods for the spoils system in the
        conduct of the civil service, esp. in the matter of
        appointments to office.
     Civil state, the whole body of the laity or citizens not
        included under the military, maritime, and ecclesiastical
     Civil suit. Same as Civil action.
     Civil war. See under War.
     Civil year. See under Year.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  civil death
      n 1: the legal status of a person who is alive but who has been
           deprived of the rights and privileges of a citizen or a
           member of society; the legal status of one sentenced to
           life imprisonment
      2: cancellation of civil rights [syn: attainder, civil

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CIVIL DEATH, persons. The change of the state (q.v.) of a person who is 
  declared civilly dead by judgment of a competent tribunal. In such case, the 
  person against whom such sentence is pronounced is considered dead. 2 John. 
  R. 218. See Gilb. Uses, 150; 2 Bulst. 188; Co. tit. 132; Jenk. Cent. 250; 1 
  Keble, 398; Prest. on Convey. 140. Vide Death, civil. 

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