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Definition of "demise" []

  • Death. (noun)
  • The end of existence or activity; termination: the demise of the streetcar. (noun)
  • Law Transfer of an estate by lease or will. (noun)
  • The transfer of a ruler's authority by death or abdication. (noun)
  • Law To transfer (an estate) by will or lease. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "demise" in a sentence
  • "So, of course, since this bill will be so bad for the “Democrat Party” all the Republicans will be voting for it to make sure that their demise is accelerated, right?"
  • "Expediting his demise is his brother who betrays Stopmouth."
  • "I've read it again somewhere recently, books of letters are nearing their end, the demise is almost upon us and e mails with their clipped language will surely be a poor substitute."