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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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Thanks, @Wrzlprmft: your link is indeed quite interesting . I'll leave my question open in case someone has something to add . By the way, how exactly is your name pronounced? (I too am often asked that question) –  Georges Elencwajg Jul 25 at 12:42
If someone has something to add, the linked question is the correct place for this. We do not want information to be fragmented. –  Wrzlprmft Jul 25 at 13:04

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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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Thanks for the link, Tobias. –  Georges Elencwajg Jul 25 at 14:07

I concur with Tobias.

In reverse order of Formality:



Den Geist aufgeben.




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Eine sehr interessante Steigerung, danke! –  Georges Elencwajg Jul 25 at 14:10

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