• WordNet 3.6
    • n abdication the act of abdicating
    • n abdication a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Edward VIII did not officially become the King of England as he abdicated the throne to marry an American divorcee
    • n Abdication The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder; commonly the voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: England's King Edward VII gave a large diamond tiara to Wallis Warfield Simpson as a wedding gift. Simpson was the woman for whom Edward VII abdicated the throne for.
    • n abdication The act of abdicating; the giving up of an office, power or authority, right or trust, etc.; renunciation; especially, the laying down of a sovereignty hitherto inherent in the person or in the blood.
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “The abdication of belief makes the behavior small -- better an ignis fatuus than no illume at all.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abdicatio,: cf. F. abdication,


In literature:

Ten years after it, the Stadtholder, on the abdication of James II.
"The Life of Hugo Grotius" by Charles Butler
After vacillating for two or three days, Victor Emmanuel abdicated on the 13th of March.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
But he will not abdicate without a struggle.
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
Up to this moment Charles seems never to have suspected that more than such an abdication could be required of him.
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
Parents are magistrates under God, and, as His stewards, cannot abdicate their authority, nor delegate it to another.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
The ordinary novelists, by keeping close to the ordinary incidents of commonplace life, seem to me to abdicate half their power.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
The next step was to insure the abdication of Gohier and Moulin.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
After the abdication the Throne shall receive from the Republic of China an annuity of Tls.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
Paris immediately broke out into insurrection, and the King was forced to abdicate.
"Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government" by T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
King Ferdinand abdicated in favor of his eldest son, Boris, who immediately ordered the demobilization of the Bulgarian armies.
"The Boy Allies with the Victorious Fleets" by Robert L. Drake
He therefore postponed that scheme until the Prince should abdicate or be driven out.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
In 687 he abdicated, and showed his respect for religion still further by embracing the monastic state himself.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
If a woman thinks the abdication justifies the gains, that's all right.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
The King has abdicated and you must conduct us to a place of safety.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
After the Peace of Bucharest strong pressure was brought to bear on me to effect the abdication of the King and Queen.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
They abdicate the moment they see that any desire their discrowning.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
They offered Italy to me as the price of my abdication: I refused it.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
At the same moment the abdication of the King was declared.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
By the abdication of a doubtful claim she reigned absolute in her own dominion.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
On the 11th, he formally abdicated, and the house of Bourbon was restored.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord

In poetry:

``Siren and seraph, athlete, anchorite,
Saints of the cloister, satyrs of the grove,
In one and all seek meaning and delight,
Reigning Jehovah, abdicated Jove.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Dear critic, who my lightness so deplores,
Would I might study to be prince of bores,
Right wisely would I rule that dull estate--
But, sir, I may not, till you abdicate.
"To A Captious Critic" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

If Only Obama Would Abdicate .
With Debt Deal, Congress Abdicated Its Responsibilities.
They've abdicated almost all their responsibilities as public stewards to the marketplace but face enormous pressure not to allow rolling blackouts to darken the grid this summer.
The USDA is abdicating its independent inspection role by allowing industry to police its own poultry.
Correction to This Article Earlier versions of this article incorrectly said 13 hours elapsed between Mubarak's speech Thursday night and his abrupt abdication Friday.
After forcing the French to grant independence to Cambodia, Sihanouk abdicated and ruled as an elected head of state until he was overthrown in a coup d'├ętat in 1970.
In Belfast, in the stunningly gorgeous building dedicated by Prince Edward in 1932 (he who abdicated), where the Northern Ireland Assembly convenes, I learned why I can never be president of the United States.
Not passing a budget is abdicating their duty as elected officials to be good stewards of taxpayer resources.
Beckett 's commentary on the abdication of Nicholas, for example, amounts to little more than a potted history of the events leading up to the Russian Revolution.
Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, who was monarch for more than 60 years until his abdication in 2004, died early Monday in Beijing at the age of 89, state news reported.
He abdicated the throne in 2004 and his son became king.
State Sen Charlie Janssen of Fremont, an advocate of strict immigration enforcement, commended Nebraska officials for not abdicating their responsibility.
An aging King Lear decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom among his three daughters.
As the United states hurtles closer to fiscal impact (we fell off the fiscal cliff quite some time ago), political leaders of all stripes have abdicated the only thing we ask of them-- leadership .
If the queen had abdicated.