verb (used with object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.

to resign (a job, public office, etc.); relinquish.
Archaic. to dismiss; fire.

verb (used without object), de·mit·ted, de·mit·ting.

to resign.


Also dimit. (especially in Freemasonry) a written certification of honorable withdrawal or resignation, as from membership.

Origin of demit

1520–30; < Middle French demettre, Old French demetre < Latin dēmittere to demit2 (but also with some senses of Latin dīmittere send away, dismiss, equivalent to dī- di-2 + mittere to send) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dimit

Historical Examples of dimit

  • Might as well bid you good-by, and give you a dimit from all the clubs and lodges, until six months after the wedding.

    Double Trouble

    Herbert Quick

British Dictionary definitions for dimit


verb -mits, -mitting or -mitted Scot

to resign (an office, position, etc)
(tr) to dismiss

Word Origin for demit

C16: from Latin dīmittere to send forth, discharge, renounce, from di- ² + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for dimit



1610s (figurative), 1640s (literal), from Latin demittere "to send down," from de- + mittere "to send" (see mission).

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