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Webster 1913 Edition


Demise

De-mise′

,
Noun.
[F.
démettre
, p. p.
démis
,
démise
, to put away, lay down; pref.
dé-
(L.
de
or
dis-
) +
mettre
to put, place, lay, fr. L.
mittere
to send. See
Mission
, and cf.
Dismiss
,
Demit
.]
1.
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.
2.
The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also, the death of any illustrious person.
After the
demise
of the Queen [of George II.], in 1737, they [drawing- rooms] were held but twice a week.
P. Cunningham.
3.
(Law)
The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.
Bouvier.
☞ The demise of the crown is a transfer of the crown, royal authority, or kingdom, to a successor. Thus, when Edward IV. was driven from his throne for a few months by the house of Lancaster, this temporary transfer of his dignity was called a demise. Thus the natural death of a king or queen came to be denominated a demise, as by that event the crown is transferred to a successor.
Blackstone.
Syn. – Death; decease; departure. See
Death
.

De-mise′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Demised
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Demising
.]
1.
To transfer or transmit by succession or inheritance; to grant or bestow by will; to bequeath.
“Power to demise my lands.”
Swift.
What honor
Canst thou
demise
to any child of mine?
Shakespeare
2.
To convey; to give.
[R.]
His soul is at his conception
demised
to him.
Hammond.
3.
(Law)
To convey, as an estate, by lease; to lease.

Webster 1828 Edition


Demise

DEMISE

,
Noun.
S as z. [L. Literally, a laying down, or sending from; a removing.]
1.
In England, a laying down or removal, applied to the crown or royal authority. The demise of the crown, is a transfer of the crown, royal authority or kingdom to a successor. Thus when Edward fourth was driven from his throne for a few months by the house of Lancaster, this temporary transfer of his dignity was called a demise. Hence the natural death of a king or queen came to be denominated a demise, as by that event, the crown is transferred to a successor.
2.
A conveyance or transfer of an estate, by lease or will.
Demise and redemise, a conveyance where there are mutual leases made from one to another of the same land, or something out of it.

DEMISE

,
Verb.
T.
S as z.
1.
To transfer or convey; to lease.
2.
To bequeath; to grant by will.

Definition 2022


demise

demise

See also: démise

English

Noun

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.
  4. The end of something, in a negative sense; downfall.
    The lack of funding ultimately led to the demise of the project.

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Translations

Verb

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.

Anagrams


Czech

Etymology

From French démission, from Latin dēmissiō, from dēmittō.

Noun

demise f

  1. resignation, abdication

Synonyms