demise

1 of 2

noun

de·​mise di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio)
1
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

demised; demising

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Her hypochondriac and pregnant mother, Alli Mauzey, is more invested in her recent carpel tunnel surgery than her daughter’s increasing demise. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 Despite the production companies’ demise in 2022, the film will premiere on CNN and stream on HBO Max later this year. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 19 Jan. 2023 The system’s demise is attributed to a range of factors: the formation of unions, Hays Code censorship, the competition created by television, and the McCarthy hearings. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Jan. 2023 However, Ha Hoang Hop, a senior visiting fellow at the same institute, said Phuc’s demise and uncertainty over the impact of the crackdown could unnerve investors. Reuters, CNN, 17 Jan. 2023 The relatively fast demise added to the host of contradictions surrounding Lützerath and how a tiny, now uninhabited, village had taken on an improbable, outsize place in Germany’s debate over how to wean itself off coal. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2023 The relatively fast demise added to the host of contradictions surrounding Lützerath and how a tiny, now uninhabited, village had taken on an improbable, outsize place in Germany’s debate over how to wean itself off coal. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Jan. 2023 While the couple's demise was one of tragedy, no one can forget the way Tony expressed his love for Maria with her own song. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 26 Dec. 2022 The mania’s demise almost destroyed the global economy in 2008. Larry Light, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2023
Verb
Even the reports of the Suns’ demise that the Mavs created may be premature. Dallas News, 31 May 2022 The full ramifications of FTX’s insolvency and demise remain unclear, but many investors who had stored cryptocurrency on the exchange stand to lose a great deal. Mia Taylor, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2022 According to James Sinclair, director of marine archaeology for the AllenX Maravillas project, the researchers are delving into the mystery of the ship’s demise by thoroughly mapping all of their finds. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 July 2022 Ann, who’s starring in a new opera at Disney Hall, embraces her character’s nightly demise with a grand passion that her audiences find cathartic. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 Sadly, the bankruptcy of the company’s battery supplier A123 Systems in 2012 led to the Fisker Automotive’s demise a year later. James Morris, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 Ruby, a lifelong Californian, takes the country’s demise seriously. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of demise was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Demise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demise. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

demise

noun
de·​mise
di-ˈmīz
1
2
: an ending of existence or activity
the demise of a newspaper

Legal Definition

demise

1 of 2 transitive verb
de·​mise di-ˈmīz How to pronounce demise (audio)
demised; demising
: to convey (possession of property) by will or lease
the demised premises

demise

2 of 2 noun
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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