• WordNet 3.6
    • v abdicate give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"
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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
    • Abdicate (Civil Law) To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
    • Abdicate To reject; to cast off.
    • v. i Abdicate To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity. "Though a king may abdicate for his own person, he cannot abdicate for the monarchy."
    • Abdicate To renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc. "He abdicates all right to be his own governor.""The understanding abdicates its functions."
    • Abdicate To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy. "The cross-bearers abdicated their service."
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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.
    • abdicate To give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim, office, duties, dignity, authority, and the like, especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner.
    • abdicate To discard; cast away; take leave of: as, to abdicate one's mental faculties. In civil law, to disclaim and expel from a family, as a child; disinherit during lifetime: with a personal subject, as father, parent.
    • abdicate To put away or expel; banish; renounce the authority of; dethrone; degrade.
    • abdicate Synonyms To resign, renounce, give up, quit, vacate, relinquish, lay down, abandon, desert. (See list under abandon, v.)
    • abdicate To renounce or give up something; abandon some claim; relinquish a right, power, or trust.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Abdicate ab′di-kāt formally to renounce or give up office or dignity
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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. abdicatus, p. p. of abdicare,; ab, + dicare, to proclaim, akin to dicere, to say. See Diction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, from or off, dicāre, -ātum, to proclaim.


In literature:

If the Czar can abdicate, so can Parliament.
"England's Case Against Home Rule" by Albert Venn Dicey
On the abdication of Christina in 1654, Charles X Gustavus had succeeded to the Swedish throne.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
The brute cannot surrender his appetites nor abdicate his primary right to dominate his environment.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
I resign, I abdicate.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
Napoleon was in the toils; he had been forced to abdicate and was now a prisoner on the island of Elba.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
It looked so weary and impotent as if she had abdicated the uneven struggle with circumstances.
"Balloons" by Elizabeth Bibesco
This he shrank from, and abdicated the throne a second time.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
In other words, a democracy sometimes knows when to abdicate.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The understanding abdicates its functions; and men are given over, as if by magic, to the enchantments of insanity.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude

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 .
Legislators should not abdicate their responsibilities to the voting public.
King Coal hasn't abdicated throne in Kentucky.
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'état 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.
Letting students determine what delivery systems work best for them when there may be other more effective ways for them to master critical knowledge and applications is an abdication of leadership responsibility.
State Sen Charlie Janssen of Fremont, an advocate of strict immigration enforcement, commended Nebraska officials for not abdicating their responsibility.
In recent years, I would arrive at the NFL owners meetings in late March to annual questions on the Green Bay Packers' apparent abdication of the free-agent market.
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.