VCR Lesson 7

By Lizzie Wilson

Fill in the Blank:



Draco, a beloved Athenian lawmaker, ironically met his ___________ while attending a play when he was smothered to death by gifts his own patrons threw at him.
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The Word:

demise (n.)

  • Death, or the end of existence or operation of something

Roots:

mitto, mittere, misi, missum (<L.) "to send"

de (<L.) "away from"

Synonyms and Antonyms:

Synonyms:
  • end
  • fall
  • breakdown


Antonyms:

  • birth
  • formation
  • survival
  • durability
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Pick the Sentence:

Which sentence uses the bolded word incorrectly:


a) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, upon realizing his demise was imminent, turned to his wife and said, "You are wonderful" and then promptly clutched his chest and died.


b) Stephanie realized that her shoe company would demise in the next weeks, so she sold her entire factory and unwisely invested the money she gained in the stock market.


c) Prior to his untimely demise in 2008, David Foster Wallace was one of the most brilliant thinkers and authors of our time.


d) The demise of the mobster's underground political scheme can be attributed to the hard investigative work of the NYPD and the FBI.