Share this entry

Share this page

demit

Syllabification: de·mit
Pronunciation: /diˈmit
 
/

Definition of demit in English:

verb (demits, demitting, demitted)

[with object]
formal Resign from (an office or position): arguments within his congregation led to his demitting his post
More example sentences
  • He said he had been saying for some time that he would like to vacate the leadership of the party and on demitting office, sign the nomination papers of the new leader.
  • Responding to criticism about his performance and calls for him to demit office, Joseph told his audience, which included the Deputy Commissioner of Police, ‘People may say all kinds of things.’
  • Smidt was told that his departure was because his name was on a list of rotating directors-general who had to demit office at a certain point.

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'dismiss'): from French démettre, from dé- 'away from' + mettre 'put'.

Derivatives

demission

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈmiSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • Mary's demission or abdication was the effective confirmation of the 1560 settlement.
  • ‘I will abdicate as king once the Throne Council with its full members are to receive my official letter offering my formal demission of my function as a king,’ he said in a message posted on his website.
  • The so-called first trial of 1568 was essentially about the legality of the demission.

Definition of demit in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day sacerdotal
Pronunciation: ˌsasəˈdəʊt(ə)l
adjective
relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly