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I am trying to say that he came to terms with death but in a more formal way. How can I put it? Is conciliate the right word to use?

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Presumably we're talking about the subject's own death, not someone else's death? I notice you're talking in the past "came to terms with", as if the person has already died? –  TrevorD May 13 '13 at 0:02

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A couple of other phrases for the concept you're describing:

"he's resigned to his fate"

"he's reconciled to his imminent death"

"he's at peace with his own mortality"

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People don't say either. Google N-grams reports no use of either phrase. Even a Google search of the phrases nets you less than 50 results for either.

"To come to terms with death" is a great phrase that carries a powerful connotation. But, other similar phrases are "move past" and "adapt."

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How does one "move past" death? I'm not sure that phrase has the same meaning as "coming to terms" with death. –  Kristina Lopez May 12 '13 at 20:21
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I think you mean adapt to, but any of 'adapt death', 'adapt to death' or 'move past death' are peculiar enough to draw puzzled looks. (Just the first 3 sentences would have drawn an upvote from me; so often it is the last flourish that betrays one.) –  TimLymington May 12 '13 at 22:05
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