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In Reich-Ranickis Für alle Fragen offen lese ich, dass Nabokov "1977 verstarb".
Ist das ein respektvoller Ausdruck für "starb", oder liegt da eine andere Nuance vor?

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marked as duplicate by Wrzlprmft, Takkat Jul 25 '14 at 13:28

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According to the Spiegel "versterben" is more formal and graceful. (See http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/zwiebelfisch/zwiebelfisch-abc-verstorben-gestorben-a-344430.html)

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I concur with Tobias.

In reverse order of Formality:

Verrecken

Abkratzen

Den Geist aufgeben.

Sterben

Versterben

Verscheiden

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