V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. death; 2. the end of something
Synonyms: death, end, decease, passing
Antonyms: birth, beginning
Tips: Demise is used formally or in archaic usage to mean "the death of a person." It is also used to mean the end or complete stopping of something that had previously existed. Demise is a more sophisticated way of saying "death."
Before his tragic demise in 1959, many people thought Buddy Holly would succeed Elvis Presley as the "king of rock and roll." (death)
The demise of the unpopular Utilities Bill meant that electricity would remain affordable for even the town's poorest residents. (death, end, defeat)
The demise of our friendship came when she moved across the country, and we stopped talking. (end, death)
The politician's sordid affair with his intern would prove to be the demise of his political career. (end, death)
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