- a death or decease occasioning the transfer of an estate.
- a conveyance or transfer of an estate.
verb (used with object), de·mised, de·mis·ing.
verb (used without object), de·mised, de·mis·ing.
Origin of demise
Examples from the Web for demise
Such statements are rare, as the Guards routinely avoid going public with news about the demise of one of their commanders.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Were they innocent victims or did they conduct themselves in a manner that would naturally lead to their demise?The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die?|Goldie Taylor|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was sad that my first visit to Court Green, which Sylvia had described so enthusiastically, should be after her demise.
In the film, Turner begins to think about how his work will be seen after his demise.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood|Nico Hines|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The country that once sought to slaughter Paul was devastated by his demise.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer|Emily Shire|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Yes, you say, just as if you were thinking of your grandfather's demise," remarked one of his neighbors.The Magic Skin|Honore de Balzac
The demise of intellectual property has lately become abundantly clear.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
They sought his advice on all important matters, and in his demise they realize that the State has sustained an irreparable loss.The Nation Behind Prison Bars|George L. Herr
Had he, indeed, an honorable scruple of engaging her upon the uncertainty of his uncle's demise.Modern Flirtations|Catherine Sinclair
On the demise of her husband, the widow quitted her town house, and took up her abode with her child at the old hall.The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45|William Harrison Ainsworth
- a transfer of an estate by lease
- the passing or transfer of an estate on the death of the owner
Word Origin for demise
mid-15c., from Middle French demise, fem. past participle of démettre "dismiss, put away," from des- "away" (from Latin dis-) + Middle French mettre "put," from Latin mittere "let go, send" (see mission). Originally "transfer of estate by will," meaning extended 1754 to "death" because that's when this happens.