The demise of a raccoon
- An example of demise is a raccoon being run over by a car.
- An example of demise is the collapse of a civilization.
- Law a transfer of an estate by lease, esp. for a fixed period
- the transfer of sovereignty by death or abdication
- a ceasing to exist; death
Origin of demiseFrench démise, feminine past participle of Old French démettre, to dismiss, put away from Classical Latin demittere: see demit
transitive verb-·mised′, -·mis′ing
- to grant or transfer (an estate) by lease, esp. for a fixed period
- to transfer (sovereignty) by death or abdication
- a. Death.b. The end of existence or activity; termination: the demise of the streetcar.
- Law Transfer of an estate by lease or will.
- The transfer of a ruler's authority by death or abdication.
verbde·mised, de·mis·ing, de·mis·es
- Law To transfer (an estate) by will or lease.
- To transfer (sovereignty) by abdication or will.
- Law To be transferred by will or descent: The land demised to a charitable institution.
- To die.
Origin of demiseMiddle English transfer of property from Old French dimis past participle of demettre to release ; see demit .
- (law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
- 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.
- end (less common, usually in a negative manner)
- The lack of funding ultimately led to the demise of the project.
(third-person singular simple present demises, present participle demising, simple past and past participle demised)
From Latin demissa, feminine singular of perfect passive participle of dēmittō, apparently via Middle French démise, the feminine singular past participle of démettre.
demise - Legal Definition