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 renunciative (audio) \ adjective
renunciatory \ ri-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce renunciatory (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 The administration continued to face questions about what led to Trump’s sudden renunciation of the talks, including whether the sticking point was his desire to seal the deal himself in a dramatic summit meeting at Camp David. David E. Sanger,, "After Trump calls off talks, Afghanistan braces for violence," 8 Sep. 2019 Information on what’s happening in the camps is sparse, but reports of prison-like conditions, forced pledges to the Chinese Communist Party, and renunciation of Islam have emerged. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Apple implies iPhones were hacked to spy on China’s Uyghur Muslims," 6 Sep. 2019 The Constitution calls for the renunciation of war, and Mr. Abe has long stated his desire to change it to allow Japan to strengthen its military. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "Shinzo Abe Declares Victory in Japan Election but Without Mandate to Revise Constitution," 21 July 2019 This is detox of a sort, but there's little renunciation. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 To some Jews, the president’s attacks on the congresswomen are a fierce renunciation of anti-Semitism and a defense of Israel. Lisa Lerer,, "Israel’s strong embrace of Trump is hammering wedge among US Jews," 17 Aug. 2019 Still, Judd’s outlook wasn’t all about renunciation. Eric Gibson, WSJ, "‘Donald Judd: Specific Furniture’ Review: Designs With Purpose," 23 July 2018 But there’s also an open-ended spiritual quest to Mr. Atkins’s sojourns, which follow closely in the footsteps of religious and literary forerunners who were lured by the rewards of extreme renunciation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘The Immeasurable World’ Review: Solitude in the Sand," 26 July 2018 Velu removed her gold earrings — an act of quiet renunciation in Tamil culture — and sent her home. Longreads, "A Chance to Rewrite History: The Women Fighters of the Tamil Tigers," 22 May 2018

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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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The first known use of renunciation was in the 14th century

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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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an agreement to stop fighting a war

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