demise

Resort to the noun demise when you describe the end, termination, or death of something or someone.

Demise is mostly used in medical or legal language, or when someone wants to sound either formal or euphemistic. The word entered English from French demettre which means "to dismiss," from the Latin word mittere, meaning "let go, send." And you might think, after reading this quote from E. Phillips Oppenheim, that demise sounds somewhat old-fashioned: "That my demise would have been a relief to you I can, of course, easily believe, but the means — they surely were not worthy of your ingenuity."

Definitions of demise
  1. noun
    the time when something ends
    synonyms: death, dying
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    Antonyms:
    birth
    the time when something begins (especially life)
    types:
    grave
    death of a person
    type of:
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
  2. noun
    the event of dying or departure from life
    synonyms: death, decease, expiry
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    Antonyms:
    birth, nascence, nascency, nativity
    the event of being born
    examples:
    Crucifixion
    the death of Jesus by crucifixion
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    fatality, human death
    a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
    martyrdom
    death that is imposed because of the person's adherence of a religious faith or cause
    megadeath
    the death of a million people
    departure, exit, expiration, going, loss, passing, release
    euphemistic expressions for death
    wrongful death
    a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person's family or heirs
    killing, violent death
    an event that causes someone to die
    casualty, fatal accident
    an accident that causes someone to die
    type of:
    alteration, change, modification
    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  3. verb
    transfer by a lease or by a will
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    type of:
    transfer
    cause to change ownership
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