Demise vs. Death

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Demise and Death is that the Demise is a noot and Death is a permanent cessation of vital functions

  • Demise

    Demise, in its original meaning, is an Anglo-Norman legal term (from French démettre, from Latin dimittere, to send away) for the transfer of an estate, especially by lease. The word has an operative effect in a lease, implying a covenant “for quiet enjoyment.”The phrase “demise of the Crown” is used in English law to signify the immediate transfer of the sovereignty, with all its attributes and prerogatives, to the successor without any interregnum in accordance with the maxim “the Crown never dies.” At common law the death of the sovereign eo facto dissolved Parliament, but this was abolished by the Representation of the People Act 1867. Similarly the common law doctrine that all offices held under the Crown were terminated at its demise has been abolished by the Demise of the Crown Act 1901.

  • Death

    Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include aging, predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or major trauma resulting in terminal injury. In most cases, bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death.Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the being that has died and the termination of social and familial bonds with the deceased. Other concerns include fear of death, necrophobia, anxiety, sorrow, grief, emotional pain, depression, sympathy, compassion, solitude, or saudade. Many cultures and religions have the idea of an afterlife, and also hold the idea of reward or judgement and punishment for past sin.

  • Demise (noun)

    The conveyance or transfer of an estate, either in fee for life or for years, most commonly the latter.

  • Demise (noun)

    Transmission by formal act or conveyance to an heir or successor; transference; especially, the transfer or transmission of the crown or royal authority to a successor.

  • Demise (noun)


  • Demise (noun)

    The end of something, in a negative sense; downfall.

    “The lack of funding ultimately led to the project’s demise.”

  • Demise (verb)

    To give.

  • Demise (verb)

    To convey, as by will or lease.

  • Demise (verb)

    To transmit by inheritance.

  • Demise (verb)

    To pass by inheritance.

  • Demise (verb)

    To die.

  • Death (noun)

    The cessation of life and all associated processes; the end of an organism’s existence as an entity independent from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.

    “The death of my grandmother saddened the whole family.”

  • Death (noun)

    The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.

    “When death walked in, a chill spread through the room.”

  • Death (noun)

    The collapse or end of something.

    “England scored a goal at the death to even the score at one all.”

    “death of the feudalism”


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