verb (used without object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
verb (used with object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
Origin of abdicate
Synonyms for abdicate
Word Origin for abdicate
1540s, "to disown, disinherit (children)," from Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare "to disown, disavow, reject" (specifically abdicare magistratu "renounce office"), from ab- "away" (see ab-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Meaning "divest oneself of office" first recorded 1610s. Related: Abdicated; abdicating.