Adjective "abdicate" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of a monarch) renounce one's throne.
  1. with object 'Ferdinand abdicated the throne in favour of the emperor's brother'
  2. 'Most of the rumors have old roots, going back to before King Edward VIII even abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.'
  3. 'In September he abdicated and Bolingbroke ascended the throne as King Henry IV.'
  4. 'In 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as French Emperor and was banished to Elba.'
  5. 'The Habsburg and Hohenzollern dynasties abdicated, following the Romanovs.'
  6. 'In fact, he abdicated, offered the throne to his brother (who sensibly refused it [I think]) and Lenin seized power.'
  7. 'If the Tsar had abdicated, what would happen to us?'
  8. 'King Zog abdicated the throne on 2nd January 1949 and died in exile in France in 1961.'
  9. 'Which king abdicated from the British throne in 1936?'
  10. 'The Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, is famous for abdicating the throne to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.'
  11. 'She was ten when her father Albert, Duke of York, became king after Edward VIII abdicated in 1936.'
Fail to fulfil or undertake (a responsibility or duty)
  1. 'If we abdicate our roles as adults, it will be media and peers that educate our kids.'
  2. 'The problems arose because people were abdicating responsibility and were not getting the right person to do the job.'
  3. 'Otherwise, she is abdicating her responsibility as a reporter.'
  4. 'He cannot envisage himself abdicating his moral responsibility in the matter.'
  5. 'So do you think the networks are abdicating their responsibility to cover the substance of the campaigns?'
  6. 'It is Council responsibility to do recycling and we're abdicating our responsibility.'
  7. 'The problem is that everyone seems to have abdicated their responsibility by saying, we'll let courts decide.'
  8. 'He took aim at the antiwar movement, whose members, he claimed, had abdicated their historic responsibilities.'
  9. 'Our failure to address this issue equates to abdicating our fundamental responsibility to the next generation of West Indian youth.'
  10. 'What is startling about this statement is the degree to which this mayor is simply abdicating responsibility for governing the city.'

More definitions

1. to renounce or relinquish a throne, right, power, claim, responsibility, or the like, especially in a formal manner: The aging founder of the firm decided to abdicate. verb (used with object), abdicated, abdicating.

2. to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner: King Edward VIII of England abdicated the throne in 193

More examples(as adjective)

"people/places/organizations can be abdicate."


Mid 16th century: from Latin abdicat- ‘renounced’, from the verb abdicare, from ab- ‘away, from’ + dicare ‘declare’.