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Definition of Abdication

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act of relinquishing office or power, resignation
Abdication Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder; commonly the voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority.
  
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abdication
\ab`di*ca"tion\ (&?;), n. [l. abdicatio: cf. f. abdication.] the act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder; commonly the voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority.

The Devil's Dictionary
Abdication, (n.)

An act whereby a sovereign attests his sense of the high temperature of the throne.

Poor Isabella's Dead, whose abdication
Set all tongues wagging in the Spanish nation.
For that performance 'twere unfair to scold her:
She wisely left a throne too hot to hold her.
To History she'll be no royal riddle --
Merely a plain parched pea that jumped the griddle.

G.J.
  
The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, 1911 (About)
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
(synonym) stepping down
(hypernym) resignation
(derivation) abdicate, renounce
2. the act of abdicating
(synonym) stepping down
(hypernym) resignation
(derivation) abdicate, renounce
Abdication Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Abdication is the act of formally relinquishing monarchical authority.

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