Definition of demise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmaɪz//
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  1. 1the end or failure of an institution, an idea, a company, etc.
  2. 2(formal or humorous) death his imminent/sudden/sad demise
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (as a legal term): from Anglo-Norman French, past participle (used as a noun) of Old French desmettre ‘dismiss’, (in reflexive) ‘abdicate’, based on Latin dimittere (see dismiss).Extra examples He praised the union’s aims but predicted its early demise. The war brought about the industry’s sudden demise. the demise of the USSR the events which contributed to his political demise
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