An example of demise is a raccoon being run over by a car.
An example of demise is the collapse of a civilization.
The land demised to a charitable institution.
The lack of funding ultimately led to the demise of the project.
Origin of demise
- Middle English transfer of property from Old French dimis past participle of demettre to release demit
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin demissa, feminine singular of perfect passive participle of dēmittō, apparently via Middle French démise, the feminine singular past participle of démettre.