Our bookstores would surely be more drab and austere in their absence or their relegation to the annals of world literature.
We cannot view with equanimity his relegation to lower positions, while the better places are given to better-trained immigrants.
After the doom of relegation is expired, he comes hither at midsummer.
In fact the relegation of peers to the ordinary livery colours for their mantlings is, in England, quite a modern practice.
She, who so longed for a first place, seemed doomed to relegation to the ranks.
His disgrace and relegation to his see, in 1529, could not but stimulate this tendency.
In September 1697 he went to Civita Vecchia under sentence of three years' relegation.
The picture, more or less entombed in its relegation, was lividly dead—and that was bad enough.
This tendency would be encouraged and perpetuated by the relegation of vessels of particular forms to particular ceremonies.
She had never yet heard herself called his dear wife, and felt the immensity of her relegation to her proper place.
1580s, from Latin relegationem (nominative relegatio), noun of action from past participle stem of relegare (see relegate).
1590s "to banish, send into exile," from Latin relegatus, past participle of relegare "remove, dismiss, banish, send away, schedule, put aside," from re- "back" (see re-) + legare "send with a commission" (see legate). Meaning "place in a position of inferiority" is recorded from 1790. Related: Relegated; relegating; relegable.