Obama or Congress could demote or impeach Jaczko within the next year; either move would be highly unprecedented.
Billy Kasker wandered off for a few moments and I had to demote him.
Regarding an antithesis to 'promote,' the word universally in use in Cambridge, in Harvard College, is drop. The same word is in use in the leading schools here (Boston). I hope I may be counted every time against such barbarisms as 'demote' and 'retromote.' [Edward Everett Hale, 1892, letter to the publishers of "Funk & Wagnalls' Standard Dictionary"]Related: Demoted; demoting.