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4. the act of putting away or letting go from oneself, giving up, or laying down, especially a dignity or office; resignation, relinquishment, abdication
5. relinquishment of life; death (obsolete)
6. a letting down (obsolete)
7. a sending away, dismissal (rare)
8. ? order for release (obsolete)
from Latin dēmissiōnem, noun of action from dēmittĕre to demit
(for definition 2)
From: The Correspondence of The Rev. Robert Wodrow,
Minister of Eastwood and Author of The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland.
Edited by The Rev. Thomas M'Crie, 1843
Letter CXLIV. Recusants in Different Presbyteries. - Temptations to Demit.
To Mr. William Wright, Minister, at Kilmarnock, June 1719