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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 morbid fears superinduced by the shock following the sudden demise of the first creature of his experiments had given place to a growing desire to further prosecute his labors until enduring success had crowned his efforts with an achievement which he might exhibit with pride to the scientific world.
Was not a bowl of wine the cause of the demise of Alexander the Great, or, at least, does not Dr.
And if I went instead of you and got spotted, which is so likely with this head of hair, and the general belief in my demise, the consequences to you would be too awful to contemplate!
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.
The dataset contains the dates of onset and demise of the rainy season (one date per year), the duration of the rainy and dry seasons, and the accumulated precipitation during the rainy and dry seasons.
The demise is the area of the building or facility designated for the exclusive use of the tenant.