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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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The following morning, while the first worm is busily engaged in testing the construction of our coffin, they are teeing up for the first hole to suffer more acute sorrow over a sliced ball than they did over our, to us, untimely demise.
The landlord and Sancho consented, and then Master Pedro picked up from the ground King Marsilio of Saragossa with his head off, and said, "Here you see how impossible it is to restore this king to his former state, so I think, saving your better judgments, that for his death, decease, and demise, four reals and a half may be given me.
He kept on dreaming the same dream: a telegram was handed to him one morning, early, which announced the Vicar's sudden demise, and freedom was in his grasp.