sad, tragic, unfortunate
rapid, sudden

The war brought about the industry's sudden demise.

early, premature, untimely

He praised the union's aims but predicted its early demise.

imminent, impending
eventual, final, ultimate

the events which contributed to his political demise

bring about, cause, contribute to, lead to
demise of

the demise of the USSR

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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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 , 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. demise de‧mise 1 [dɪˈmaɪz] noun [countable usually singular] LAW PROPERTY when a property owner rents property to someone, or the rented property itself: • Where the demise includes the whole of a building the airspace above the building may …   Financial and business terms

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