…behind the word

Origin of the word: ABDICATE

Abdicate /verb/ (English): 1535-1545

> In another languages:

  • Abdicar (Español)
  • Abdicar (Português)
  • Abdiziere (German)
  • Abdiquer (Français)
  • Abdicare (Italiano)

> From:

  • Lat. abdbicātus (renounced) past participle of abdicāre (to disown, to reject) especifically abdicāre magistrātu (to renounce office). Abdicāre comes from ab– (away, from) + dicāre (to proclame) and the latter from dicĕre (to say).

> Meaning:

  • Present: If a king or queen abdicates, they make a formal statement that they no longer want to be king or queen; to stop controlling or managing something that you are in charge of (Cambridge Dictionary). Renounce one’s throne; fail to fulfill or undertake (a responsibility or duty) (Oxford Dictionary).
  • Original: To proclaim a resignation.

One response

  1. In German the word “abdanken” is more used than “abdizier” to say abdicate.

    This verb comes from ab- (away, off, down) danken (to thank) in the sense of thanking and excusing oneself after resigning.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:14 am

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