demise[dē mīz′, di-]
- Demise is defined as the act of dying or the end of something.
- An example of demise is a raccoon being run over by a car.
- An example of demise is the collapse of a civilization.
The demise of a raccoon
- 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
- 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)
demise - Legal Definition