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demise

[ dih-mahyz ]
/ d瑟藞ma瑟z /
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noun
verb (used with object), de路mised, de路mis路ing.
Law. to transfer (an estate or the like) for a limited time; lease.
Government. to transfer (sovereignty), as by the death or abdication of the sovereign.
verb (used without object), de路mised, de路mis路ing.
Law. to pass by bequest, inheritance, or succession.
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Origin of demise

1400鈥50; late Middle English dimis(s)e, demise<Old French demis (past participle of desmetre) <Latin d墨missum (past participle of d墨mittere); see demit1, dismiss

OTHER WORDS FROM demise

de路mis路a路bil路i路ty, nounde路mis路a路ble, adjectivenon路de路mise, nounun路de路mised, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for demise

demise
/ (d瑟藞ma瑟z) /

noun
failure or terminationthe demise of one's hopes
a euphemistic or formal word for death
property law
  1. a transfer of an estate by lease
  2. the passing or transfer of an estate on the death of the owner
the immediate transfer of sovereignty to a successor upon the death, abdication, etc, of a ruler (esp in the phrase demise of the crown)
verb

Derived forms of demise

demisable, adjective

Word Origin for demise

C16: from Old French, feminine of demis dismissed, from demettre to send away, from Latin d墨mittere; see dismiss
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