Synonyms & Antonyms of abdicate

to give up (as a position of authority) formally
  • the revolutionary government forced Nicholas II to abdicate the Russian throne

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How is the word abdicate distinct from other similar verbs?

The words renounce and resign are common synonyms of abdicate. While all three words 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

In what contexts can renounce take the place of abdicate?

The synonyms renounce and abdicate are sometimes interchangeable, but renounce may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end.

renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner

When would resign be a good substitute for abdicate?

While in some cases nearly identical to abdicate, resign applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust.

resigned from the board

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The first known use of abdicate was in 1548

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28 May 2020

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“Abdicate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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