• WordNet 3.6
    • v demise transfer by a lease or by a will
    • n demise the time when something ends "it was the death of all his plans","a dying of old hopes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Demise (Law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
    • Demise The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also, the death of any illustrious person. "After the demise of the Queen [of George II.], in 1737, they [drawing- rooms] were held but twice a week."
    • Demise (Law) To convey, as an estate, by lease; to lease.
    • Demise To convey; to give. "His soul is at his conception demised to him."
    • Demise To transfer or transmit by succession or inheritance; to grant or bestow by will; to bequeath. "Power to demise my lands.""What honor
      Canst thou demise to any child of mine?"
    • Demise Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or successor; transference; especially, the transfer or transmission of the crown or royal authority to a successor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n demise Transfer; transmission; devolution, as of a right or an estate in consequence of death, forfeiture of title, etc.
    • n demise In law, a conveyance or transfer of an estate by will or lease in fee, for life or for a term of years; in modern use, a lease for years.
    • n demise Hence Death, especially of a sovereign or other person transmitting important possessions or great fame: often used as a mere euphemism for death, without other implication.
    • demise To bequeath; grant by will.
    • demise In law, to transfer or convey, as an estate, for life or for years; lease.
    • demise To pass by bequest or inheritance; descend, as property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Demise dē-mīz′ a transferring: death, esp. of a sovereign or a distinguished person: a transfer of the crown or of an estate to a successor
    • v.t Demise to send down to a successor: to bequeath by will
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. démettre, p. p. démis, démise, to put away, lay down; pref. dé-,L. de, or dis-,) + mettre, to put, place, lay, fr. L. mittere, to send. See Mission, and cf. Dismiss Demit


In literature:

I laughed at the demise of the Turncock, the Foreigner, the Beadle, and even the baby.
"A Thin Ghost and Others" by M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
And within half a year of the demise of her first husband, she took Bentham for her second.
"The Herapath Property" by J. S. Fletcher
The unexpected nature of their impending demise he almost found amusing.
"A World Called Crimson" by Darius John Granger
The effect caused by the first demises which took place in the ranks of the brethren was strange.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
One can attribute the demise of the Old Louvre to the coming of Charles V to Paris in 1539.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Mignard's futile work was finished by his demise in 1695.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
The village announces the Squire's demise.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
It was demised to her doubtless before her marriage, but it was not altered in relation to her after her marriage.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
I fancy John Arthur thinks he will feel more thoroughly assured of my demise, when he can see my name on a marble slab.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
As a premature demise was not on their program the cord was quickly loosened each time, and the man ahead warned to be more careful.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter

In poetry:

Under the storms of merciless fate,
My worn and withered garland lies--
In sadness, lonesome, I await:
How far away is my demise?
"I've Lived To See Desire Vanish" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Let scholars all, both grit and small,
Of Learning mourn the sad demise;
That's as they think, but we will drink
Good luck to Scots Academies.
"Song Of The Edinburgh Academician" by James Clerk Maxwell
Christ came back again on vile Herod's demise,
To a nation excessively dull and unwise,
Where the Gospel He preach'd to a wrong-headed throng,
Who lov'd not the truth, for — I can't tell how long!
"A Rehearsal Of Christ's Love Towards The World" by Rees Prichard
Let the burning sun the raindrops vaporize
And with my clamor behind return pure to the sky;
Let a friend shed tears over my early demise;
And on quiet afternoons when one prays for me on high,
Pray too, oh, my Motherland, that in God may rest I.
"The Last Poem of Rizal" by Jose Rizal

In news:

What prompts the cells' demise.
A combination of climate change, shifting habitats, and human predation drove the woolly mammoth to extinction, says a new study that rules out a single cause for the creature's demise.
The Demise Of Doo Wop .
Tom Brady and the Patriots haven't looked like world-beaters through two games, but talk of their imminent demise may be exaggerated.
A Cold Demise 25 days ago.
A Cold Demise 26 days ago.
Feeling guilt over Chinese dolphins' demise / Yangtze baiji extinct after surviving for 20 million years.
Because of these bad actors, Mr Beinart warns, the "liberal Zionist dream"—a Jewish state built on liberal ideals—risks demise.
Shawmut's demise came in late 1940s .
As a nation reacts with faux-surprise to the news of TomKat's demise, one question remains: what movie to see this weekend to ease the faux-pain.
The Political And Personal Demise Of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Kelly's Queer, Campy 'Closet' Reopens.
Obama blamed in barbecue joint's demise.
Power plant's demise means promising future for fish.
From $200 Million to $500K: Lessons from Digg's Slow Demise .
Early belly putter adoptee regrets likely demise .

In science:

There are some omissions, mostly regarding the Soviet contributors, which are naturally explained by the isolation of the Soviet community before the demise of the USSR and relative inaccessibility of several key papers written in Russian.
Introduction to "The Supersymmetric World: The Beginnings of The Theory"
With the unfortunate, though understandable, demise of Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, it is important that AGILE (due for launch in 2003) and GLAST (2006) will continue the excellent discoveries of EGRET [Hartmann] in the GeV energy range [Vercellone].
Probing the Physics of AGN: A Summary
Eventually, this theory foundered, first on the vast prolixity of knotted forms and later in the demise of the etheric point of view about the nature of space.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
The need for Gaia is arguably stronger than in 2000, because of the unfortunate demise of DIVA and FAME, which would have done some of the science, and the modest number of pre-selected targets to be observed with SIM, albeit with great astrometric accuracy.
Concluding Remarks: Gaia and Astrophysics in 2015-2020
The demise of the cooling flow in these simulations occurred after a time-delay of 12 Gyr following core-crossing.
The Cluster of Galaxies Surrounding Cygnus A II: New Velocities and a Dynamical Model