demise

noun
de·​mise | \ di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio) \

Definition of demise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : death
b : a cessation of existence or activity
c : a loss of position or status
2 : the conveyance of an estate
3 : transfer of the sovereignty to a successor

demise

verb
demised; demising

Definition of demise (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to convey by will or lease demise an estate
2 : to transmit by succession or inheritance
3 obsolete : convey, give

intransitive verb

1 : die, decease
2 : to pass by descent or bequest the property has demised to the king's heirs

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Synonyms & Antonyms for demise

Synonyms: Noun

curtains, death, decease, dissolution, doom, end, exit, expiration, expiry, fate, grave, great divide, passage, passing, quietus, sleep

Synonyms: Verb

check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, depart, die, drop, end, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], part, pass (on), pass away, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumb

Antonyms: Noun

birth, nativity

Antonyms: Verb

breathe, live

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Examples of demise in a Sentence

Noun

… invited visitors to play a game in which points are awarded to those who predict the demise of yet another overhyped dot-com. — Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, 14 Sept. 2000 This elegant little book is essential reading for anyone interested in the demise, the terminal silliness, of our culture. — John Irving, New York Times Book Review, 6 Apr. 1997 Like books, board games appear headed for imminent demise at the hands of cathode-ray terminals. — Will Manley, Booklist, 1 Mar. 1995 She had no property at the time of her demise. The musician met an untimely demise. We have not had truly local news coverage since the town newspaper's demise three years ago. Losing this game will mean the team's demise.

Verb

our much beloved, recently demised leader
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jack played the villainous young king, who was engaged to Sansa Stark (played by Sophie Turner) in the show's early seasons, and then actually retired from acting after his character's demise in Season 4. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Pose for an "Awkward" Picture with Joffrey from 'Game of Thrones'," 6 Apr. 2019 Is Hudson Yards the demise of New York culture, or a manmade midtown renaissance? Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski, Sienna Miller, and More Celebrate the Ultra-Cool Rem Koolhaas at the New Museum’s Spring Gala," 4 Apr. 2019 Then again, Facebook and Google can look at the demise of two of the internet’s most powerful companies and remind themselves that this could be their fate, too. Peter Kafka, Recode, "New Verizon execs say old Verizon execs made a $5 billion mistake betting on AOL and Yahoo," 11 Dec. 2018 Weaving in original footage with FX magic, Obi-Wan and Darth Vader's epic standoff aboard the Death Star, ultimately ending in Obi-Wan's demise, is an A+ fan creation. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "This Reimagined Star Wars Fight Scene Is Amazing—but Mostly Makes Me Sad," 8 May 2019 Dany fell off Drogon and Jorah ran to her rescue, a move which ultimately resulted in his demise. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Viserion Is Finally Dead for Good on Game of Thrones," 29 Apr. 2019 And now, once again, the series is reintroducing a major player in Linda's demise. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Hints It's Bringing Back the Person Who's Behind Linda Reagan's Death," 8 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, the president has continued to emphasize the importance of retaining strong ties with Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi’s murder, praising Riyadh’s friendship and repeatedly denying MBS had any role in the journalist’s demise. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tariff Man versus the Dow," 5 Dec. 2018 High prices, along with limited routes, played a role in the demise of the Concorde, said Mike Sinnett, Boeing’s vice president of future airplane development. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Boeing's planned hypersonic airliner could fly from NYC to London in two hours," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of demise

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for demise

Noun and Verb

Middle English dimise, from Anglo-French demise, feminine of demis, past participle of demettre to dismiss, from Latin demittere to send down, from de- + mittere to send

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demise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of demise

formal
: an end of life
: the end of something that is thought of as being like a death

demise

noun
de·​mise | \ di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio) \

Kids Definition of demise

1 : death sense 1 And often the court waited until the demise of two or three potters before searching out their replacements.— Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
2 : an ending of existence or activity the demise of a newspaper
de·​mise | \ di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio) \
demised; demising

Legal Definition of demise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to convey (possession of property) by will or lease the demised premises

demise

noun

Legal Definition of demise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the conveyance of property by will or lease : lease
2 : the transmission of property by testate or intestate succession
3 : charter of a boat in which the owner surrenders completely the possession, command, and navigation of the boat

called also bareboat charter

History and Etymology for demise

Noun

Anglo-French, from feminine past participle of demettre to convey by lease, from Old French, to put down, give up, renounce, from Latin demittere to let fall and dimittere to release

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