- death or decease.
- termination of existence or operation: the demise of the empire.
- a death or decease occasioning the transfer of an estate.
- a conveyance or transfer of an estate.
- Government. transfer of sovereignty, as by the death or deposition of the sovereign.
- 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.
- Law. to pass by bequest, inheritance, or succession.
Origin of demise
Related Words for demisedend, die, drop, stop, expire, go, close, succumb, perish, disintegrate, crumble, wither, cease, disappear, vanish, rot, quit, wilt, buckle, yield
Examples from the Web for demised
Historical Examples of demised
"No, he didn't; he demised," says Kelly, emerging from obscurity into the light of conversation once more.Rossmoyne
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
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
John B. Waldo, recently demised, was also a pupil of mine for about two years.Memoirs of Orange Jacobs
- failure or terminationthe demise of one's hopes
- a euphemistic or formal word for death
- property law
- a transfer of an estate by lease
- 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)
- to transfer or be transferred by inheritance, will, or succession
- (tr) property law to transfer (an estate, etc) for a limited period; lease
- (tr) to transfer (sovereignty, a title, etc) by or as if by the death, deposition, etc, of a ruler
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.