- to resign (a job, public office, etc.); relinquish.
- Archaic. to dismiss; fire.
- to resign.
- Also dimit. (especially in Freemasonry) a written certification of honorable withdrawal or resignation, as from membership.
Origin of demit1
- to put in or send to a lower place.
- Obsolete. to lower in status, rank, or esteem; humble.
Origin of demit2
1550–60; < Latin dēmittere to let fall, send down, equivalent to dē- de- + mittere to send
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Examples from the Web for demit
My own chieftaincy I could demit without regret, knowing that it would fall into your hands.The Captain of the Janizaries
James M. Ludlow
So that La Mettrie had to demit; to get out of France rather in a hurry, lest worse befell.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XVI. (of XXI.)
But no man is entitled to a demit, unless at the time of demanding it he be in good standing and free from all charges.
The right to demit or resign never has, until within a few years, been denied.
Yas suh, dey had to have a demit to go any place outside work hours.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
- to resign (an office, position, etc)
- (tr) to dismiss
C16: from Latin dīmittere to send forth, discharge, renounce, from di- ² + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for demit
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