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demise


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  What  honor  Canst  thou  demise  to  any  child  of  mine? 
  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  {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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  demise 
  n  :  the  time  when  something  ends  "it  was  the  death  of  all  his 
  plans";  "a  dying  of  old  hopes"  [syn:  {death},  {dying}] 
  [ant:  {birth}] 




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