A Mason is said to demit from his Lodge when he withdraws his membership; and a demit is a document granted by the Lodge which certifies that the demission has been accepted by the Lodge, and that the demitting brother is clear of the books and in good standing as a Mason. It is derived from the French reflective verb se demettre, which, according to the dictionary of the Academy, means "to withdraw from an office, to resign an employment."

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