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
renouncementplay \-ˈnau̇n(t)s-mənt\ noun
Examples of renounce in a sentence
Many of his former supporters have renounced him.
He renounced his old way of life.
Origin and Etymology 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 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
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
Definition of renounce for Students
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.
Legal Definition of renounce
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
: to make a renunciation
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up renounce? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).