Simple Definition of renounce
: to say especially in a formal or official way that you will no longer have or accept (something) : to formally give up (something)
: to say in a formal or definite way that you refuse to follow, obey, or support (someone or something) any longer
Full Definition of renounce
1 : to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration <renounce his errors>
2 : to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further : repudiate <renounce the authority of the church>
1 : to make a renunciation
2 : to fail to follow suit in a card game
Examples of renounce
Many of his former supporters have renounced him.
He renounced his old way of life.
Origin of renounce
Middle English, from Anglo-French renuncer, from Latin renuntiare, from re- + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of renounce
abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm rejecting or abandoning often made under oath <abjured the errors of his former faith>. renounce may carry the meaning of disclaim or disown <renounced abstract art and turned to portrait painting>. forswear may add an implication of perjury or betrayal <I cannot forswear my principles>. recant stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught <if they recant they will be spared>. retract applies to the withdrawing of a promise, an offer, or an accusation <the newspaper had to retract the story>.
RENOUNCE Defined for Kids
Definition of renounce
1 : to give up, abandon, or resign usually by a public declaration <The queen renounced the throne.>
2 : to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any longer <They renounced the goals of the organization.>
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