abdication defined in 1939 yearabdication - Abdication (Lat. ab, from; dicare, to proclaim);
abdication - Word applied to the act of sovereigns who voluntarily give up their thrones. Famous examples are those of Edward VIII in 1936, Napoleon in 1814 and 1815, and the emperor Charles V in 1556. Other noteworthy instances are Christina of Sweden, 1654; Ferdinand, emperor of Austria, 1848 ; Milan of Serbia, 1889; Carol of Rumania, 1940.
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