renounce

verb
re·​nounce | \ri-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
renounced; renouncing

Definition of renounce 

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : to make a renunciation

2 : to fail to follow suit in a card game

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Other Words from renounce

renouncement \ri-​ˈnau̇n(t)s-​mənt \ noun
renouncer noun

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abdicate, renounce, resign mean to give up a position with no possibility of resuming it. abdicate implies a giving up of sovereign power or sometimes an evading of responsibility such as that of a parent. abdicated the throne renounce may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end. renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner resign applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust. resigned from the board

abjure, renounce, forswear, recant, retract mean to withdraw one's word or professed belief. abjure implies a firm and final 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

Examples of renounce in a Sentence

Many of his former supporters have renounced him. He renounced his old way of life.

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The argument comes as the Trump administration has abdicated leadership on environmental issues, renouncing the Paris Agreement and offering a Clean Power Plan replacement this month that would do little to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Governor’s desk last stop to California pledging 100% carbon-free energy by 2045," 30 Aug. 2018 In that novel’s denouement, the protagonist Charles’s love interest, Julia, renounces him, because she, in accordance with Catholic teaching, cannot bring herself to remarry after a divorce. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 In 1959, nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their US citizenships restored after choosing to renounce them during World War II. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 19 May 2018 And unlike Ellison, Bolton had never broken off his ties with his hateful allies, or renounced their bigotry, much less campaigned for a presidential candidate who belonged to the religious community that his erstwhile friends had vilified. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "John Bolton and The Anti-Muslim Bigotry of Mainstream Conservatism," 27 Mar. 2018 Its affiliate, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, was disbanded in 2011; its members renounced violence but distinguished themselves as relatively disciplined rebels once the revolution against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi kicked off. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Seventeen years after Sept. 11, al-Qaida may be stronger than ever," 10 Sep. 2018 The party renounced such ideology nearly two decades ago. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Sweden’s Far Right Rises in a Campaign Defined by Immigration," 6 Sep. 2018 The only country to have built nuclear weapons and then renounced them, gaining NPT membership and respectability, is South Africa. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 The renditions happened at the height of the US-led ‘‘war on terror,’’ and at a time when Britain was trying to improve relations with Khadafy, a former international pariah who had recently renounced weapons of mass destruction. Jill Lawless, BostonGlobe.com, "UK apologizes for role in Libyans’ kidnapping and torture," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of renounce

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for renounce

Middle English, from Anglo-French renuncer, from Latin renuntiare, from re- + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger

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renounce

verb

English Language Learners 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

renounce

verb
re·​nounce | \ri-ˈnau̇ns \
renounced; renouncing

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.

renounce

verb
re·​nounce | \ri-ˈnau̇ns \
renounced; renouncing

Legal Definition of renounce 

transitive verb

1 : to announce one's abandonment or giving up of a right to or interest in : disclaim sense 1 renounce an inheritance

2 : to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further renounce allegiance to one's country

intransitive verb

: to make a renunciation

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