demise

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French démise, the feminine singular past participle of démettre; from Latin dēmissa, feminine singular of perfect passive participle of dēmittō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈmaɪz/
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Noun[edit]

demise (plural demises)

  1. (law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
  2. 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.
  3. Death.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 124:
      Earth looked her loveliest to receive my sweet sister's gentle dust; but all was harsh and sullen as her own nature when Lady Avonleigh's haughty ashes returned to their original element. Immediately after her demise, her son went abroad, and I accompanied him.
  4. The end of something, in a negative sense; downfall.
    The lack of funding ultimately led to the project's demise.

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Verb[edit]

demise (third-person singular simple present demises, present participle demising, simple past and past participle demised)

  1. (transitive, obsolete, law) To give.
  2. (transitive, law) To convey, as by will or lease.
  3. (transitive, law) To transmit by inheritance.
  4. (intransitive, law) To pass by inheritance.
  5. (intransitive) To die.

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French démission, from Latin dēmissiō, from dēmittō.

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Noun[edit]

demise f

  1. resignation, abdication
    Synonyms: abdikace, rezignace
    podat demisito resign

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Further reading[edit]

  • demise in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • demise in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989