Adjective "demise" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person's death.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Why highlight the tragic demise of one woman, and gloss over the deaths of the 14 men?'
  3. 'At the heart of the new measures is a disturbing video charting the demise and death of a heroin victim.'
  4. 'The courtier had, in essence, brought his own demise the moment he drew his sword on his own brother.'
  5. 'The causes for each species' evolutionary transformations and eventual demise are as carefully related as are the details of the lives of its members.'
  6. 'My ignorance of his demise may have caused offence, and I apologize for that.'
  7. 'A difficulty unanticipated by the couple, and, indeed by the legislators, may arise as a result of the recipient's unfortunate demise.'
  8. '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.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'His demise would not be as shocking as the death that has plunged his government into its most troubling crisis.'
  11. 'the demise of industry'
  12. '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.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'The services sector is all some regions in the UK have left after the demise of the manufacturing industry.'
  15. '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.'
  16. '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.'
  17. 'What is the reason for the apparent demise of the central institution of democracy, parliament?'
  18. 'The demise of our fishing industry in recent years has resulted in constant high unemployment and emigration from our islands.'
  19. '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.'
  20. 'But those days are long gone and the demise of its heavy industry remains the most poignant reminder of the city's former greatness.'
  21. 'She disagrees the license fee caused the network's demise.'
Conveyance or transfer of property or a title by will or lease.
  1. 'From about April 1990 the issue whether the Yellow land was to be included in any demise dominated the exchanges between the parties.'
  2. 'First, where a landlord let premises by demise to a tenant, he was regarded as parting with all control over them.'


Convey or grant (an estate) by will or lease.
  1. 'the demised property'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'The lease of Flat 3 was the only lease which included a box room in the premises demised.'
  4. '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.'

More definitions


1. death or decease.

2. termination of existence or operation: the demise of the empire.

3. Law. a death or decease occasioning the transfer of an estate. a conveyance or transfer of an estate.

4. Government. transfer of sovereignty, as by the death or deposition of the sovereign.

verb (used with object), demised, demising.

5. Law. to transfer (an estate or the like) for a limited time; lease.

6. Government. to transfer (sovereignty), as by the death or abdication of the sover


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).