re·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion ri-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce renunciation (audio)
: the act or practice of renouncing : repudiation
specifically : ascetic self-denial
renunciative adjective
renunciatory 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 And for the West, the Kremlin’s renunciation of its objections to Ukraine’s EU membership would mean Ukraine’s final departure from the Russian sphere of influence. Samuel Charap, Foreign Affairs, 1 June 2022 But that would require renunciation of the factionalism that has come to dominate our politics. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 26 May 2024 Is the answer a multitude of languages or a renunciation of one? Madeleine Schwartz Soneela Nankani Tanya Pérez Brian St. Pierre, New York Times, 14 May 2024 But investors’ formal renunciation of Raveendran marks a stunning fall for the founder of the startup once valued at $22 billion who became a sort of savior to Indians during the country’s darkest days. Pallavi Pundir, Fortune Asia, 1 Mar. 2024 The applicant must expressly renounce the title in a public ceremony and USCIS must record the renunciation as part of the proceedings. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 Toulouse-Lautrec, ancient sculptors, and all the rest were both rivals and allies in the pursuit of a good picture, and, in this year of Picasso mania and Picasso renunciation, that’s worth keeping in mind. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 And, at the same time, this vision of freedom involves not control but a renunciation of control, a submission to the existential flip of the coin, to the random question of whether the overdose will work. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2023 The process to obtain what is known as a certificate of loss of nationality, which included taking an oath of renunciation after several months on a waiting list, cost her $2,350, a fee that the United States began to impose in 2014 on those trying to renounce their citizenship. Sopan Deb, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Renunciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion ri-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce renunciation (audio)
: the act or practice of renouncing

Legal Definition


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