Definitions

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

  • n. Relinquishment of an office or function.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Resignation; abdication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of demitting, or the state of being demitted; a letting down; a lowering; dejection.
  • n. Resignation of an office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lowering; degradation; depression.
  • n. A laying or letting down; relinquishment; resignation; transference.

Etymologies

Middle English dimissioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin dīmissiō, dīmissiōn-, dismissal, from dīmissus, past participle of dīmittere, to release; see demit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēmissiō, from dēmittō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And that this demission of our royal authority may have the more full and solemn effect, and none pretend ignorance, we give, grant, and commit, fall and free and plain power to our trusty cousins, Lord Lindesay of the

    The Abbot

  • After the demission of Richardson and Ruckelshaus, Bork voluntarily carried out the order to fire Cox.

    Rightwing People of color

  • In one held at Paris in 1239, he procured the establishment of this regulation, that a voluntary demission of a superior, founded upon just reasons, should be accepted.

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • But certainly a Mason has the "right of demission" [94] and this right, whatever be the opinion of Masonic jurisprudence, according to the inalienable natural rights of man, extends to a complete withdrawal not only from the lodge but also from the brotherhood.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • Deep was the grief of the brethren of Three Fountains when they were summoned to attend the sacred office of demission which was to shut out

    A Child's Book of Saints

  • The only comfort I get out of the whole thing is that imperative necessity must have been driving my little darling -- or she would not put up with any of these things for a moment, and would have given her _demission_ at the same time as she wrote.

    Man and Maid

  • As regards Universal Masonry, when announcing his demission and conversion to an officer of the Lodge, Giordano Bruno, at Palmi, Signor

    Devil-Worship in France or The Question of Lucifer

  • Now, since his demission from these high functions, Jean Kostka has found that the chief piece of

    Devil-Worship in France or The Question of Lucifer

  • It would be difficult, however, in the last respect, to discover many more exalted than himself, for before his demission he was Secretary of the Lodge Savonarola of Florence;

    Devil-Worship in France or The Question of Lucifer

  • Without any formal demission of the ministry, he retired to his literary seclusion at Concord, from which he brought forth in books and lectures the oracular utterances which caught more and more the ear of a wide public, and in which, in casual-seeming parentheses and obiter dicta, Christianity and all practical religion were condemned by sly innuendo and half-respectful allusion by which he might “without sneering teach the rest to sneer.”

    A History of American Christianity

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