re·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ri-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce renunciation (audio) \

Definition of renunciation

: the act or practice of renouncing : repudiation specifically : ascetic self-denial

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Other Words from renunciation

renunciative \ ri-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce renunciation (audio) \ adjective
renunciatory \ ri-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce renunciation (audio) \ adjective

Examples of renunciation in a Sentence

the king's renunciation of the throne Their vows include renunciation of all wealth.
Recent Examples on the Web Liberal Hollywood loves black martyrs and ignores Wright’s larger message, including his renunciation of Communism. Armond White, National Review, "Richard Wright’s Native Son, Re-released for the BLM Era," 30 Oct. 2020 That process was conditioned on the Taliban’s renunciation of terrorism and the initiation of the peace negotiations, but the agreement does not require the intra-Afghan talks to succeed before American forces depart. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "US in ‘phase two’ of Taliban deal to exit Afghanistan before next 9/11 anniversary," 11 Sep. 2020 Reinhold Messner, the first man to climb Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, preached that renunciation brings fulfillment. Frank Trentmann, The New Republic, "The Unequal Future of Consumption," 10 Aug. 2020 In My Meteorite, the renunciation of Dodge’s neo-Luddism coincides with his attempt to hang out with more people IRL. Wired Staff, Wired, "WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List," 2 July 2020 The deal—providing for U.S. troops reductions, a Taliban renunciation of terrorism and intra-Afghan talks—was more than a year in the making, encountering obstacles all the way up until its approval Saturday at a five-star resort in Doha. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Officials Feared U.S.-Taliban Deal Could Collapse Up Until the Last Minute," 1 Mar. 2020 The narrator seems to be in a period of renunciation in her life. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, "Kate Folk on Discerning Reality on the Internet," 16 Mar. 2020 Based on the startling true story of Mike’s renunciation of the Klan (and the resulting tussle for ownership of the museum), Andrew Heckler’s film debut is often preachy and overripe with white-power symbolism. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Burden’ Review: A White Supremacist’s Change of Heart," 27 Feb. 2020 In the mid-1980s, Mandela rejected offers to go free in exchange for a renunciation of violence. Washington Post, "AP Was There: Nelson Mandela released from jail 30 years ago," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of renunciation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for renunciation

Middle English renunciacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin renuntiation-, renuntiatio, from renuntiare to renounce

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“Renunciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of renunciation

: the act of renouncing something or someone


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Legal Definition of renunciation

: the act or practice of renouncing specifically : the act of refusing to continue to acknowledge, recognize, or be bound by a contract or obligation : repudiation

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