Something that's departed is gone, or happened in the distant past. An archaeologist might unearth artifacts from a departed era.

Anything that's past or long gone is departed, including a person who has died. When your friend talks about her dear, departed Uncle Bob, you know that Uncle Bob is no longer living. The word has been a euphemism for "dead" since at least the 16th century — the traditional wedding service once read "till death us depart," rather than today's "till death do us part."

Definitions of departed
  1. adjective
    well in the past; former
    “relics of a departed era”
    synonyms: bygone, bypast, foregone, gone
    earlier than the present time; no longer current
  2. noun
    someone who is no longer alive
    synonyms: dead person, dead soul, deceased, deceased person, decedent
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    the person who Jesus raised from the dead after four days in the tomb; this miracle caused the enemies of Jesus to begin the plan to put him to death
    an inhabitant of Hell
    living dead, zombi, zombie
    a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  3. adjective
    “our dear departed friend”
    synonyms: asleep, at peace, at rest, deceased, gone
    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
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