Demise
Demise De*mise", n. [F. d['e]mettre, p. p. d['e]mis, d['e]mise, to put away, lay down; pref. d['e]- (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. [1913 Webster]

2. The decease of a royal or princely person; hence, also, the death of any illustrious person. [1913 Webster]

After the demise of the Queen [of George II.], in 1737, they [drawing- rooms] were held but twice a week. --P. Cunningham. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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. [1913 Webster]

{Demise and redemise}, a conveyance where there are mutual leases made from one to another of the same land, or something out of it.

Syn: Death; decease; departure. See {Death}. [1913 Webster]


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  • demise — de·mise 1 /di mīz/ vt de·mised, de·mis·ing: to convey (possession of property) by will or lease the demised premises demise 2 n [Anglo French, from feminine past participle of demettre to convey by lease, from Old French, to put down, give up,… …   Law dictionary

  • Demise — De*mise , v. 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. [1913 Webster] What honor Canst thou demise… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demise — mid 15c., from M.Fr. demise, fem. pp. of démettre dismiss, put away, from des away (from L. dis ) + M.Fr. mettre put, from L. mittere let go, send (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). Originally transfer of estate by will, meaning extended 1754 to death …   Etymology dictionary

  • demise — [dē mīz′, dimīz′] n. [Fr démise, fem. pp. of OFr démettre, to dismiss, put away < L demittere: see DEMIT] 1. Law a transfer of an estate by lease, esp. for a fixed period 2. the transfer of sovereignty by death or abdication 3. a ceasing to… …   English World dictionary

  • demise — *death, decease, passing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • demise — [n] fate, usually death annihilation, collapse, curtains, decease, departure, dissolution, downfall, dying, end, ending, expiration, extinction, failure, fall, final thrill*, last out*, last roundup*, lights out*, number’s up*, passing, quietus,… …   New thesaurus

  • demise — ► NOUN 1) a person s death. 2) the end or failure of something. ORIGIN Old French, from Latin dimittere send away …   English terms dictionary

  • Demise — For other uses, see Demise (disambiguation). Demise, in its original meaning, is an Anglo Norman legal term (from French démettre, from Latin dimittere, to send away) for a transfer of an estate, especially by lease. The word has an operative… …   Wikipedia

  • demise — I v. To convey or create an estate for years or life. To lease; to bequeath or transmit by succession or inheritance II n. A conveyance of an estate to another for life, for years, or at will (most commonly for years); a lease. Originally a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • demise — I v. To convey or create an estate for years or life. To lease; to bequeath or transmit by succession or inheritance II n. A conveyance of an estate to another for life, for years, or at will (most commonly for years); a lease. Originally a… …   Black's law dictionary

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