renounce

verb re·nounce \ ri-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of renounce

renounced; renouncing
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

renouncement

play \ri-ˈnau̇n(t)s-mənt\ noun

renouncer

noun

Examples of renounce in a Sentence

  1. Many of his former supporters have renounced him.

  2. He renounced his old way of life.

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Origin and Etymology of renounce

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

Synonym Discussion of renounce

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

RENOUNCE Defined for English Language Learners

renounce

verb

Definition of renounce for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

renounce

verb re·nounce \ ri-ˈnau̇ns \

Definition of renounce for Students

renounced; renouncing
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.

Law Dictionary

renounce

verb re·nounce \ ri-ˈnau̇ns \

legal Definition of renounce

renounced; renouncing
transitive verb
1 : to announce one's abandonment or giving up of a right to or interest in : disclaim 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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