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Synonyms for Abandon
forsake, quit, resign, abdicate, cede, give up, relinquish,
Synonyms for abandon are many and they are used in a variety of ways.
Abandon is a word of wide signification, applying to persons or things of any kind.
To abdicate and resign apply to office, authority, or power.
Cede usually applies to territorial possessions while surrender especially applies to military
force, and more generally to any demand, claim, or passion.
Quit carries an idea of suddenness or abruptness not necessarily implied in abandon, and may not
have the same suggestion of finality. The king abdicates his throne, cedes his territory,
deserts his followers, renounces his religion, relinquishes his titles,
abandons his designs.
A cowardly ship's captain deserts his ship; the helpless passengers abandon it.
We quit business, give up property, resign office, abandon a habit
or a trust.
Relinquish commonly implies reluctance; the fainting hand relinquishes its grasp; the
creditor relinquishes his claim.
Synonyms for abandon typically imply previous association with
responsibility for or control of something; forsake implies previous association with inclination or
attachment, real or assumed; a man may abandon or forsake house or friends; he
abandons an enterprise; forsakes God.
Synoynms for Abandon are applied to both good and evil actions; a thief abandons his
designs, a man his principles. Forsake, like abandon, may be used either in the favorable or
unfavorable sense; desert is always unfavorable, involving a breach of duty, except when used of mere
localities; as, "the Deserted Village."
While a monarch abdicates, a president or other elected or appointed officer resigns. It was believed
that James II. abdicated his throne by deserting it.
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