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Definition of Abdicate


  1. To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.
  2. To renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.
  3. To reject; to cast off.
  4. To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.
  5. To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.

Abdicate Quotations

To arrive at a contradiction is to confess an error in one's thinking; to maintain a contradiction is to abdicate one's mind and to evict oneself from the realm of reality.
Ayn Rand

Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.
Marshall McLuhan

A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
Marlene Dietrich

I am so anxious for you not to abdicate and I think the fact that you do is going to put me in the wrong light to the entire world because they will say that I could have prevented it.
Wallis Simpson

We will never abdicate the security of the United States to a foreign country or refrain from taking action when appropriate. But we cannot ignore the reality that cooperative counterterrorism activities are a key to our national defense.
John O. Brennan
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Abdicate Translations

abdicate in Dutch is bedanken, neerleggen, afstand doen
abdicate in French is abdiquent, abdiquez, abdiquer, abdiquons
abdicate in German is abdanken, entsagen
abdicate in Italian is abbandonare
abdicate in Latin is abdico
abdicate in Norwegian is frasi seg
abdicate in Spanish is abdicar, expedir
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