One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resign from (an office or position)‘arguments within his congregation led to his demitting his post’
withdraw from, resign from, retire from, step down from, get out of, pull out of, back out of, stop participating inView synonyms
- ‘He said he had been saying for some time that he would like to vacate the leadership of the party and on demitting office, sign the nomination papers of the new leader.’
- ‘Responding to criticism about his performance and calls for him to demit office, Joseph told his audience, which included the Deputy Commissioner of Police, ‘People may say all kinds of things.’’
- ‘Smidt was told that his departure was because his name was on a list of rotating directors-general who had to demit office at a certain point.’
- ‘Pathan was vice chancellor of the university for two terms and recently demitted the office.’
- ‘Robert Simson was the first person to be appointed to the office of Clerk (later known as Clerk of Senate), which he took up in 1728 and only demitted when he retired in 1761.’
Early 16th century (in the sense ‘dismiss’): from French démettre, from dé- ‘away from’ + mettre ‘put’.
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