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Especially I would thank Mary Ellen, who always thought this book would have to be dedicated to my first wife, who died by degrees.

What does 'died by degrees' mean?

Thank you very much for your reply.
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Well, I would say "died gradually".

But it's a very strange "acknowledgement". Is it in a humorous context?

MrP
Hi,

It means she died slowly, a small amount at a time. Not good.

Clive

PS - Darn it, MrP, I gotta get quicker on the draw!
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MrPedanticWell, I would say "died gradually".

But it's a very strange "acknowledgement". Is it in a humorous context?

MrP

I am afraid not.

Reformation Sketches, 2003 by Robert Godfrey

ISBN 0-87552-578-4
The book is dedicated

To Mary Ellen

who never hindered my work,

but as fellow historian always encouraged

and enhanced it.
CliveHi,

It means she died slowly, a small amount at a time. Not good.

Clive

PS - Darn it, MrP, I gotta get quicker on the draw!

Did you mean the sentence is not good?
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Hi,

No, it's fine. I meant it's not a good way to die.

Clive