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[dih-mish-uh n]
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  1. abdication.
  2. dismissal.
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Origin of demission

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin dīmissiōn- (stem of dīmissiō), equivalent to dīmiss(us) (see dismiss) + -iōn- -ion
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Related Words for demission

abandonment, quitclaim, retirement, renunciation, surrender, resignation, disclaimer, disavowal, relinquishment, self-denial, abstention, denial, repeal, remission, veto, sacrifice, refusal, abjuration, rebuff, yielding

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Historical Examples of demission

  • There is, however, one case of demission for which a special law has been enacted.

    The Principles of Masonic Law

    Albert G. Mackey

  • On the morrow morning, Roland, so long steeped to the lips in disgust and chagrin, sends in his demission.

British Dictionary definitions for demission


  1. rare relinquishment of or abdication from an office, responsibility, etc
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Word Origin for demission

C16: from Anglo-French dimissioun, from Latin dīmissiō a dismissing; see dismiss
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Word Origin and History for demission


1570s, from French démission, from Latin demissionem "a sending away," noun of action from past participle stem of demittere (see demit).

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