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Primarily an American term, the word Demit, also commonly spelled D-i-m-i-t comes from the Middle English word Dimmitten meaning to dismiss or resign. A freemason would most commonly request to demit from one lodge so that he may join another due to either relocation or preference. Regardless of wether a brother is a member of any particular lodge at any given point, he is still bound by his various masonic obligations and the good moral conduct required of him. In some times and places, not being a member of a lodge could result in a defacto resignation from freemasonry and the foreiture of any benefits that accompanied such membership.