Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To relinquish (an office or function).
  • transitive v. Archaic To dismiss.
  • intransitive v. To give up an office or position; resign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To let fall; to depress; to yield.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To let fall; to depress.
  • transitive v. To yield or submit; to humble; to lower.
  • transitive v. To lay down, as an office; to resign.
  • intransitive v. To lay down or relinquish an office, membership, authority, or the like; to resign, as from a Masonic lodge; -- generally used with an implication that the act is voluntary.
  • n. The act of demitting; also, a letter, certificate, or the like, certifying that a person has (honorably) demitted, as from a Masonic lodge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lower; cause to droop or hang down; depress.
  • To submit; humble.
  • To let go; dismiss.
  • To lay down formally, as an office; resign; relinquish; transfer.
  • n. An act of demission or transfer of membership, as from one masonic lodge to another; also, the letter which officially certifies to such a transfer.

Etymologies

Middle English dimitten, to release, from Old French demettre, from Latin dīmittere : dis-, away; see dis- + mittere, to send.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēmittō ("send or bring down, let fall"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • AWWWW — Wondering how old demit is feeling about his waterloo i am sure our President can tell him how he ` s feels from Nelsons view. guess the French did the repugs in once again.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: March 22, 2010

  • Anyway, the truth will come out and the man will, I think, eventually demit office.

    Sanford to hold press conference

  • Having bid farewell to Iain Gray at the end of the last session in suitably supercilious tones the Labour leader having announced his intention to demit office, the first minister will have the same look on his face that he normally reserves for his favourite chicken tikka masala.

    Come on, someone must want to lead Labour | Kevin McKenna

  • We but desire to know if, on assurance of life and honour, ye will demit the rule of this kingdom of

    The Abbot

  • Wherefore I have resolved to demit this mine high office, so that the order of these matters may presently devolve upon Father Eustatius here present, our well-beloved

    The Monastery

  • The Kumaris - selected from the caste of silversmiths after having passed a series of spiritual tests including the terrifying one of spending a night alone in a dark room with the severed head of a buffalo - are anointed in early childhood and demit their divine office at the first sign of puberty.

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  • By approving an amendment to the constitution to extend presidential terms in office from six to seven years and allow for unlimited “elections for life” these reforms are designed to keep Mr. Chavez in power and ensure that if and when he decides to demit office he will hand-pick a successor thus guaranteeing that he will never be held accountable for excesses committed while in office.

    Mr. Chavez's 'Pseudo Socialism'

  • Yas suh, dey had to have a demit to go any place outside work hours.

    Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Arkansas Narratives, Part 3

  • Tulchan system by abolishing the Episcopate and requiring all bishops to demit their office and give in their submission to the provincial synods.

    Andrew Melville Famous Scots Series

  • If his worship uses this form of procedure often, I advise him to get another clerk, that's all, for I shall certainly demit. ''

    Rob Roy

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