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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-di-key-shuh n]
    • /ˌæb dɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
    • /ˈæb.dɪ.keɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-di-key-shuh n]
    • /ˌæb dɪˈkeɪ ʃən/

Definitions of abdication word

  • noun abdication the act or state of abdicating; renunciation. 1
  • noun abdication An act of abdicating or renouncing the throne. 1
  • noun abdication renouncing a position of power 1
  • noun abdication (Obsolete (No longer in use)) The act of disowning or disinheriting a child. 0
  • noun abdication The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder. 0
  • noun abdication The voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority. 0

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Origin of abdication

First appearance:

before 1545
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1545-55, abdication is from the Latin word abdicātiōn- (stem of abdicātiō). See abdicate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Abdication


abdication popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abdication

noun abdication

  • abandonment — The abandonment of a place, thing, or person is the act of leaving it permanently or for a long time, especially when you should not do so.
  • quitclaim — a transfer of all one's interest, as in a parcel of real estate, especially without a warranty of title.
  • retirement — the act of retiring, withdrawing, or leaving; the state of being retired.
  • renunciation — an act or instance of relinquishing, abandoning, repudiating, or sacrificing something, as a right, title, person, or ambition: the king's renunciation of the throne.
  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.

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