Abdicate Meaning and Definition in Dictionary
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- give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations; "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"
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Abdicate Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia
Abdication is the act of resigning from an office (official job), especially from being the leader of a country. The word is normally used for kings and queens who decide to give up their position which brings an end to a reign.
A similar term for an elected or appointed official is resignation.
King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom is an example of a king who abdicated.
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* 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. - Herbert Marshall McLuhan
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