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

A few years after Heth’s demise, Barnum found his way to an even bigger hit, in the form of a very small person named Charles Stratton. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "What P. T. Barnum Understood About America," 29 July 2019 Appearing in a few episodes in season 3 as Chase's girlfriend Rebecca, Monet joined Justice in the cast of Victorious after Zoey 101's demise. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "With Possible 'Zoey 101' Reboot in the Works, Let's Revisit Music From Jamie Lynn Spears & Her Castmates," 23 July 2019 After the demise of the original Realist, Mr. Krassner jumped between jobs and assignments, struggling at times to support himself in a world that had grown slightly more comfortable with four-letter words and extreme comic irreverence. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Paul Krassner, countercultural ringmaster and leader of the Yippies, dies at 87," 22 July 2019 The 1920s solution In the early 1920s, millions of people displaced after the demise of the Russian, Austro-Hungarian, and Ottoman empires were scattered across the Middle East, Asia, and North Africa. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What we can learn from the revolutionary passport that helped 1920s refugees," 13 July 2019 Was the skull damaged in the moments before the man’s death, or in the centuries after his demise? Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This 33,000-Year-Old Man May Have Been Killed by a Left-Handed Murderer," 5 July 2019 Really takes place at some point after the death of Calvin (Matteo Scammell), a photographer who has left behind an unfinished catalog of work after his sudden demise. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "'Really' at Theatre Exile: A play in search of excitement," 1 Feb. 2018 But its demise, which took less than a minute, symbolized the broader decline of coal in both generating capacity and the production of electricity. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, "As a Louisville coal-fired plant comes tumbling down, can coal power be far behind?," 8 June 2019 Aside from the glorious demise of the Night King, one of the highlights of the final season of Game of Thrones so far has to be the memes that follow each episode. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Bran Stark Finally Explained What He Was Actually Doing During the Battle of Winterfell," 10 May 2019

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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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