- 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 demised
It's going to be a great shock to some of them one of these days to wake up and find out they're demised!Famous Modern Ghost Stories|Various
John B. Waldo, recently demised, was also a pupil of mine for about two years.Memoirs of Orange Jacobs|Orange Jacobs
It was demised to her doubtless before her marriage, but it was not altered in relation to her after her marriage.Shakespeare's Family|Mrs. C. C. Stopes
"No, he didn't; he demised," says Kelly, emerging from obscurity into the light of conversation once more.Rossmoyne|Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for demised
- a transfer of an estate by lease
- the passing or transfer of an estate on the death of the owner
Word Origin for demise
Word Origin and History for demised
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.