verb (used without object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
verb (used with object), ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing.
- abderian laughter,
Origin of abdicate
Examples from the Web for abdicate
A palace insider however insisted to the Daily Beast today that the Queen was not about to abdicate.
Juan Carlos is the second European monarch to abdicate in just over a year.
Much like the British monarchy, when the current Aga Khan is ready to abdicate his post, he will personally choose a successor.
In recent decades it has become the tradition for the monarch to abdicate.
Would it not be better to abdicate at once, rather than rule such a people?Egmont|Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
How ill do I have to be before I can abdicate the perpendicular in the presence of a young man?Balloons|Elizabeth Bibesco
Perhaps we should not even demand that the words contained in philosophic handbooks should abdicate all pretension to ambiguity.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas|Remy de Gourmont
The Unionists assembled to force the regent to abdicate, but he firmly refused to do so.Sweden|Victor Nilsson
The boldness of Jason intimidated Pelias; he was unwilling to abdicate the crown, yet he feared the resentment of his adversary.Heathen Mythology|Various
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.