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.
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 1936.
to renounce (a throne, power, responsibility, rights, etc), esp formally
1540s, “to disown, disinherit (children),” from Latin abdicatus, past participle of abdicare “to disown, disavow, reject” (specifically abdicare magistratu “renounce office”), from ab- “away” (see ab-) + dicare “proclaim,” from stem of dicere “to speak, to say” (see diction). Meaning “divest oneself of office” first recorded 1610s. Related: Abdicated; abdicating.
abdiel servant of God, (1 Chr. 5:15), a Gadite chief. Historical Examples One way and another, Clare and abdiel did not die of hunger or of cold. A Rough Shaking George MacDonald Amongst politicians he was a faithful abdiel, when all others had deserted the cause. Hours in a Library Leslie Stephen abdiel was not […]
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Anatomy, Zoology. the part of the body of a mammal between the thorax and the pelvis; belly. the cavity of this part of the body containing the stomach, intestines, etc. (in nonmammalian vertebrates) a region of the body corresponding to, but not coincident with, this part or cavity. Entomology. the posterior section of the body […]
abdomin- abdomin- pref. Variant of abdomino-.