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Longman explains it this way: British English literary a person you love who has died. Does "dearly" convey several dead people? Is it an adverb here that means "at a great cost"? Here's the NGram chart. Something is dear to you if it matters very much to you. It's used in formal speech as a sign of politeness. Dearly X is the adverb form of dear meaning "X in a dear manner" - meaning the way X is done matters very much to us.
Various - IDJ 02 – Essential Tools For Deejays dearly departed technically means "departed in a way that was dear to someone" - which essentially evaluates to that we hope someone passes away in a way that they are now peaceful.
Dear departed is using dear as an adjective and it simply means the person who is departed is dear to us. Home Questions Interlude - 40 Cal - Trigger Happy Users Unanswered.
Dear departed or dearly departed Ask Question. Asked 2 years, 8 months ago. Active 2 years, 7 months ago. Viewed 12k times. However, I often see "dearly departed" in articles, Other Side - Nicknack - Dearly Departedfilms and even songs. What in the world does "Dearly departed" mean? SovereignSun SovereignSun The formulaic expression dearly departed seems to have emerged in the mid 19th century, and dear departed in the early 18th century per a lazy ngram search.
I suspect some obituary column editor felt an adverb was needed to modify departed and that bogus edit "stuck". Possibly influenced by dearly beloved. It's been discussed on Google Groups: groups.
There is no clear answer there, as far as I understood it's an illogical but accepted and used phrase. The posters talk of dearly beloved etymology-by-analogy, too. They differ in technical Other Side - Nicknack - Dearly Departed but can be used in the same situations.
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