The voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
Origin of abdication
First attested in 1552. From LatinabdicÄtiÅ (“renunciation"), from abdicÅ. Compare French abdication below.
Abdication Sentence Examples
After his abdication Northumbrian history degenerates into a record of dynastic murders.
Together with Shulguin, he submitted the Act of Abdication for signature to Nicholas II.
A revolt within the city soon afterwards resulted in the abdication of the reigning emperor Maurice, and in the elevation of Phocas to the throne, which seems to have been accomplished by one of the circus factions against the wish of the troops.
After his abdication he married the countess and spent the rest of his life in quiet retirement upon his private estate in Silesia.
But his second wife, an ambitious intrigante, soon tired of her quiet life, and induced him to return to Turin and attempt to revoke his abdication.