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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abdication  \Ab`di*ca"tion\,  n.  [L.  abdicatio:  cf  F. 
  abdication.] 
  The  act  of  abdicating;  the  renunciation  of  a  high  office, 
  dignity,  or  trust,  by  its  holder;  commonly  the  voluntary 
  renunciation  of  sovereign  power;  as  abdication  of  the 
  throne,  government,  power,  authority. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abdication 
  n  :  a  formal  resignation  and  renunciation  of  powers  [syn:  {stepping 
  down}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  ABDICATION,  n.  An  act  whereby  a  sovereign  attests  his  sense  of  the 
  high  temperature  of  the  throne. 
 
  Poor  Isabella's  Dead,  whose  abdication 
  Set  all  tongues  wagging  in  the  Spanish  nation. 
  For  that  performance  'twere  unfair  to  scold  her: 
  She  wisely  left  a  throne  too  hot  to  hold  her 
  To  History  she'll  be  no  royal  riddle  -- 
  Merely  a  plain  parched  pea  that  jumped  the  griddle. 
  G.J. 
 
 




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