Definition of abdication in US English:

abdication

noun

  • 1An act of abdicating or renouncing the throne.

    ‘Edward VIII did not marry until after his abdication’
    • ‘On 9 August 1886, he was forced by a group of Russophile Bulgarian officers to sign a statement of abdication.’
    • ‘In 1918, with the abdication of the last Habsburg, Karl I, the modern Republic of Austria was founded.’
    • ‘The hall was Emperor Qianlong's study after his abdication.’
    • ‘Attempting to apprise the mob of Louis-Philippe's abdication, an elderly marshal on a white horse preceded by a trumpeter went unheard.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Russia's problems did not disappear with the abdication.’
    • ‘The conference at Abernethy ended in the abdication of Constantin.’
    • ‘King Hussein took the throne in 1952 following the abdication of his ailing father.’
    • ‘She became the mistress of Ludwig I in Munich in 1846, an affair which eventually led to the King's abdication in 1848.’
    • ‘On 12 February 1912 an edict of abdication was issued on behalf of the child Emperor.’
    • ‘Reddy believes that the abdication of Edward VIII was a continuation of the War of the Roses.’
    • ‘On 22 June, Napoleon signed his second and final abdication.’
    • ‘Queen Christina was keenly interested in music both before and after her abdication.’
    • ‘Following Alexander's formal abdication in September 1886, Stambolov headed the regency council.’
    • ‘His reckless gamble lasted but a Hundred Days, culminating in Waterloo and his second abdication.’
    • ‘He became King George VI upon the abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, later duke of Windsor.’
    • ‘It carried off the declaration which has already been made public in the announcement of abdication.’
    • ‘British troops and armoured cars then surrounded the royal palace and Lampson demanded Farouk's abdication.’
    • ‘His death was followed 11 months later by King Edward VIII's abdication.’
    • ‘The first abdication of Napoleon in 1814 had again allowed British tourists into Rome.’
    • ‘He refused to make a formal announcement of his abdication or to come to the capital.’
    resignation, retirement
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  • 2Failure to fulfill a responsibility or duty.

    ‘we are witnessing an abdication of responsibility on the part of state governments’
    • ‘I think the war in Iraq has more to do with the media's abdication of its responsibilities than the deficiencies of our president.’
    • ‘Catering to such people might even be considered an abdication of responsibility for a program director bent on public service.’
    • ‘It is a self-conscious abdication of responsibility, for the sake of an individual ego.’
    • ‘What we are really witnessing is an abdication of responsibility on the part of European governments for the implementation of a potentially beneficial technology.’
    • ‘That's an abdication of responsibility towards the most vulnerable members of society.’
    • ‘To demand that the police are there to protect you is an abdication of your own responsibilities.’
    • ‘We have had a complete abdication of responsibility by the Government.’
    • ‘To equivocate in the face of it would be an absolute abdication of intellectual responsibility.’
    • ‘Yet any implication of presidential abdication of the policy formulation role in this sphere is a misconstruction.’
    • ‘Furthermore, we have a deference to authority that amounts to an abdication of individual responsibility.’
    • ‘The state, on its part, has been impartial in its abdication of responsibility with regard to women of all communities.’
    • ‘The Arizona attorney-general called the situation "a national abdication by the Justice Department."’
    • ‘This is an abdication of what education is about.’
    • ‘Or there may be a tendency to place too much faith in Fate, which leads to an abdication of personal responsibility.’
    • ‘This, combined with poor prospects for economic gain by the British, resulted in a de facto abdication of many responsibilities of governance.’
    • ‘Garrow offers three basic reasons why he thinks Justice Blackmun is guilty of "a scandalous abdication of judicial responsibility."’
    • ‘Its abdication of responsibility pertaining to right wing talk radio is particularly pathetic.’
    • ‘Spoiling your ballot paper (s) today is an abdication of personal responsibility.’
    • ‘The acceptance of this privately drafted law by the Oireachtas would amount to a wholesale abdication of its legislative function.’
    • ‘It is also part of an ever-growing abdication of responsibility on the part of our political leaders.’
    disowning, renunciation, rejection, refusal, avoidance, abnegation, relinquishment, abjuration, repudiation, waiving, yielding, forgoing, abandonment, surrender, disgorgement, casting aside
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Pronunciation

abdication

/ˌæbdəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n//ˌabdəˈkāSH(ə)n/