Definition of demise in English:



  • 1A person's death.

    ‘Mr Grisenthwaite's tragic demise’
    • ‘After all, it's human nature to avoid dealing with things that entail planning for your own demise.’
    • ‘I think the thing that drives these people are their characters, as in Greek tragedies, the fatal flaw of their characters, that either causes their demise or the demise of others.’
    • ‘According to his nephew, the sudden demise of his uncle was a shock to the family, as he seemed to be in good health during the election on Monday.’
    • ‘Another aspect of a tragic hero is an unwavering course of action, most likely caused by their flaw, that brings about their demise and the demise of those around them.’
    • ‘A difficulty unanticipated by the couple, and, indeed by the legislators, may arise as a result of the recipient's unfortunate demise.’
    • ‘Her demise a few minutes later is hard to believe, since she is the scariest thing in the movie.’
    • ‘Why highlight the tragic demise of one woman, and gloss over the deaths of the 14 men?’
    • ‘His demise would not be as shocking as the death that has plunged his government into its most troubling crisis.’
    • ‘At the heart of the new measures is a disturbing video charting the demise and death of a heroin victim.’
    • ‘‘It was shocking to learn the sudden demise of Mr. Koo,’ the newspaper quoted the message as saying.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that I have only been given a very partial account by Mr Doshi of the causes of Wines' demise.’
    • ‘And that is the real story of the tragic demise of Liam Lawlor.’
    • ‘My ignorance of his demise may have caused offence, and I apologize for that.’
    • ‘The courtier had, in essence, brought his own demise the moment he drew his sword on his own brother.’
    • ‘The young woman undergoes a transformation after Martin's demise and comes to detest even daylight, staying in the darkness of her bungalow in a remote high-range hamlet.’
    • ‘The causes for each species' evolutionary transformations and eventual demise are as carefully related as are the details of the lives of its members.’
    • ‘My lament, you see, stems from the tragic demise of one of the most influential professional couples in all of the film world.’
    • ‘He had to shift to Ludhiana to manage the shop here after the sudden demise of his father.’
    • ‘Added to that was the sudden demise of his father.’
    • ‘The sad demise of the innocent young men in tragic circumstances was no doubt tragic and will be mourned by not only their family and friends but the entire nation.’
    death, dying, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, end, departure from life, final exit
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    1. 1.1 The end or failure of an enterprise or institution.
      ‘the demise of industry’
      • ‘As many as 600 ships a year carried away charcoal made from South Lakeland's woods, but the demise of the industry and the coming of the railway in 1856 brought a dramatic decline.’
      • ‘The services sector is all some regions in the UK have left after the demise of the manufacturing industry.’
      • ‘Business analysts are now predicting the imminent demise of several important industries as a result of the abolition act.’
      • ‘This short film looks at the demise of the fishing industry both in Newfoundland and Ireland and is described as a very moving artistic documentary.’
      • ‘The voiceprint's demise as a valuable forensic tool has resulted in a broader decline in the interest in voice identification techniques generally.’
      • ‘The rapid demise of the quoted property company coincides with the equally rapid rise of interest in bricks and mortar by UK banks.’
      • ‘Perhaps more pointedly, the backlash to the law had contributed to the defeat of John Adams and to the ultimate demise of the Federalist Party.’
      • ‘Interest rate rises will impact on the recovery of the manufacturing industry, the demise of which is a key cause of the regional poverty exposed in your article.’
      • ‘These requirements can cause a major impact on a company's business, and in some cases may lead to a company's demise if not met properly.’
      • ‘He said his ministry was concerned at the demise of industries in the country and would try to put up measures that would help resuscitate them.’
      • ‘Many experts, pro- and anti-gun, believe that if even one of the lawsuits had succeeded, it would have led to the demise of the handgun industry.’
      • ‘But those days are long gone and the demise of its heavy industry remains the most poignant reminder of the city's former greatness.’
      • ‘She disagrees the license fee caused the network's demise.’
      • ‘Miners' welfare clubs will be placed at the forefront of regenerating communities hit hard by the demise of the coal industry.’
      • ‘The demise of our fishing industry in recent years has resulted in constant high unemployment and emigration from our islands.’
      • ‘As the recent demise of the bankruptcy reform bill illustrates, even the most delicate compromises can fall apart.’
      • ‘What is the reason for the apparent demise of the central institution of democracy, parliament?’
      • ‘Within the week, he and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate will contribute to the legislation's demise.’
      • ‘Some 18 months ago Kelan survived a squeeze on the electronics industry which saw the demise of many other circuit board makers.’
      • ‘He believes the plan will play an important part in regenerating a town which has been in decline ever since the demise of the mining industry.’
      end, break-up, disintegration, fall, downfall, ruin
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  • 2Law
    mass noun Conveyance or transfer of property or a title by will or lease.

    • ‘From about April 1990 the issue whether the Yellow land was to be included in any demise dominated the exchanges between the parties.’
    • ‘First, where a landlord let premises by demise to a tenant, he was regarded as parting with all control over them.’
    • ‘Obviously he did not believe that he occupied the box room as part of his demise.’
    • ‘Although called a charge, the lender is deemed to be in the same position as if he had been granted a mortgage by demise.’
    • ‘Sandy Lane was not included in the demise but the lease included a grant of a right of way over it for all purposes.’
    transfer, transference, transferral, granting, ceding, devolution
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[with object]Law
  • 1Convey or grant (an estate) by will or lease.

    ‘the manor and the mill were demised for twenty-one-year terms’
    ‘the demised property’
    • ‘As we have already seen, the definition of the demised premises in the lease expressly includes the shop units, save for the purposes of the rent review provisions.’
    • ‘The lease of Flat 3 was the only lease which included a box room in the premises demised.’
    • ‘The document itself is at page 1126 in volume 5, and it looks like a common or garden lease demising an interest in land, conferring exclusive possession, for the special purpose of cultivation and grazing.’
    • ‘Then you will see the words: by these present demise and lease unto the lessee the natural surface of the land.’
    • ‘The whole of the premises demised by the Lease is used for the purpose of a business carried on by the Applicant.’
    transfer, give the right of, give the title of, grant, cede, devolve, lease
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    1. 1.1 Transmit (a sovereign's title) by death or abdication.
      • ‘Because the Confessor and his subjects distrusted Harold Godwinson, the king demised the crown in his will to the Duke of Normandy and his heirs, who were, after all, his blood relatives.’
      • ‘On this day 50 years ago the death of King George VI, aged 56, demised the crown to his elder daughter and heir presumptive, aged 25, who took the title Queen Elizabeth II.’


Late Middle English (as a legal term): from Anglo-Norman French, past participle (used as a noun) of Old French desmettre ‘dismiss’, (in reflexive) ‘abdicate’, based on Latin dimittere (see dismiss).