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

In many detective novels, the ominous aroma of bitter almonds foreshadows a swift demise. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome," 13 June 2019 As is characteristic with Cooper and Shayk, neither has commented on the demise of the relationship. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga affair rumors contributed to breakup with Irina Shayk, report says," 11 June 2019 Today, a new fashion documentary will open in New York capturing one of the most preeminent American designer’s rise to fame and ultimate demise — Halston, which is also the name of the film. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "A New Documentary Traces the Tumultuous Career of American Designer Halston," 24 May 2019 Well, apparently whoever killed Mrs. Delgado could possibly be the same person responsible for Linda's demise, too. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Reveals Danny Reagan Is Teaming Up With the Person Behind Linda's Death," 12 Apr. 2019 After Stannis' apparent demise at the end of Season 5, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin went on the record saying that Stannis isn't dead in the books. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Stannis Baratheon Is Returning to 'Game of Thrones' in Season 8, According to Stephen Dillane's Wikipedia Page," 6 Apr. 2019 My mood: delighted with all my new creams, feeling fancy and cared for, happy to avoid a watery demise. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "In the Pursuit of Happiness, I Tried a Longer Skin-Care Routine," 25 Mar. 2019 An exchange among Commerce Department officials … sheds light on the demise of a panel aimed at helping policymakers and the private sector incorporate the government’s climate science into long-term planning. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The far left is winning the Democratic civil war," 16 May 2018 In a high-risk gamble, the President is basically betting on the Islamic Republic’s demise. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The End of the Iran Deal and Trump’s New, Confrontational Foreign Policy," 13 May 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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