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Definition death or the end of something — especially a slow ending

Lawyers may use demise to reference various types of transfers.
  • The demise of the agreement was hastened by...
  • Her talk is entitled, "The Dinosaur's Demise".
  • The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.
    Mark Twain is often quoted as saying this, but he actually said "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
  • Maycomb had lost no time in getting Mr. Ewell's views on Tom's demise and passing them along through that English Channel of gossip, Miss Stephanie Crawford.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • demise = death
  • Finally confronted by BoneMan's demise, she was unwilling to see him die?
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • He jumped back up on the desk and resumed his search in the Book that recorded the colored forest's demise.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Yet the thought of this eventual demise provides no sense of victory, no solace.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Gedney and Meade had acted valiantly, saving the ship and all aboard from certain peril, if not a complete demise.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • He distantly registered the sound of sirens, but convinced of his imminent demise, he couldn't summon the energy to care.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • All of them fighting off my demise in the best way they knew how.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Their high labor costs have for the most part been responsible for their demise, along with the declining popularity of schnitzel.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Corinne was supposed to meet her demise quickly, painlessly.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Flatter my sorrows with report of it; Tell me what state, what dignity, what honour, Canst thou demise to any child of mine?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • I was more affected by his imminent demise than I was by my own.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I see that the rumors of your demise were unfounded.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • But when she heard the news of the statues' demise, Laila was numb to it.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The bat fell from his hand and he wept at the prospect of my future demise.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Some of them closed their eyes, waiting for their final demise, or hoping for a sign that the raid was finally over.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Mark lost his grip on the flashlight, which went tumbling end over end outside; a clang and the crack of glass signaled its demise.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Scale of one to ten
    How would you rate your demise?
    Thanks for your input
    WAS I RECKLESS to rush toward such volatile nature gods?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle

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