Definition of demise in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈmʌɪz/


[in singular]
1A person’s death: Mr Grisenthwaite’s tragic demise
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  • At the heart of the new measures is a disturbing video charting the demise and death of a heroin victim.
  • Why highlight the tragic demise of one woman, and gloss over the deaths of the 14 men?
  • And that is the real story of the tragic demise of Liam Lawlor.
death, dying, passing, passing away, passing on, loss of life, expiry, expiration, end, departure from life, final exit;
Law  decease
rare quietus
1.1The end or failure of an enterprise or institution: the demise of industry
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  • What is the reason for the apparent demise of the central institution of democracy, parliament?
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] Law Conveyance or transfer of property or a title by will or lease.
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  • First, where a landlord let premises by demise to a tenant, he was regarded as parting with all control over them.
  • Sandy Lane was not included in the demise but the lease included a grant of a right of way over it for all purposes.
  • From about April 1990 the issue whether the Yellow land was to be included in any demise dominated the exchanges between the parties.


[with object] Law
1Convey or grant (an estate) by will or lease: the manor and the mill were demised for twenty-one-year terms (as adjective demised) the demised property
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  • 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.
  • The whole of the premises demised by the Lease is used for the purpose of a business carried on by the Applicant.
  • The lease of Flat 3 was the only lease which included a box room in the premises demised.
1.1Transmit (a sovereign’s title) by death or abdication.
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  • 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).

  • message from Middle English:

    The root of message is a form of Latin mittere ‘to send’ that is the source of Mass and missile as well as of messenger (Middle English) and demise (Late Middle English). The phrase to shoot (or kill) the messenger, ‘to treat the bearer of bad news as if they were personally to blame for it’, is recorded only from the 1960s, but breaking bad news has always been a thankless task. The idea occurs at least twice in Shakespeare—in Coriolanus there is reference to beating the messenger—and the ancient Greek dramatist Sophocles expressed it as ‘No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.’

Words that rhyme with demise

advise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise

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