demise

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demise

1. Property law
a. a transfer of an estate by lease
b. the passing or transfer of an estate on the death of the owner
2. the immediate transfer of sovereignty to a successor upon the death, abdication, etc., of a ruler (esp in the phrase demise of the crown)
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Her deceased mother had established the business, and on that parent's demise she had appropriated a secret capital of fifteen shillings to establishing herself in it; the existence of such capital in a pillow being the last intelligible confidential communication made to her by the departed, before succumbing to dropsical conditions of snuff and gin, incompatible equally with coherence and existence.