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abdicate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of abdicate

  1. to give up (as a position of authority) formally the revolutionary government forced Nicholas II to abdicate the Russian throne Synonyms of abdicate abnegate, cede, relinquish, renounce, resign, step aside (from), step down (from), surrender Words Related to abdicate abjure, demit, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, waive; forsake, give up, hand over, yield; abandon, desert, quit, vacate Near Antonyms of abdicate appropriate, arrogate, assume, claim, confiscate; seize, take over, usurp, wrest; defend, guard, protect, safeguard, secure

Synonym Discussion of abdicate

abdicate, renounce, resign mean to give up a position with no possibility of resuming it. abdicate implies a giving up of sovereign power or sometimes an evading of responsibility such as that of a parent.
    • abdicated the throne
renounce may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end.
    • renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner
resign applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust.
    • resigned from the board


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