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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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

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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 His viewpoint includes a renunciation of the democratic steps taken in the 1990s, which included reforms, self-criticism and social and economic upheaval. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 But, for a family that has invested so much in burnishing its reputation in the art world, the symbolic renunciation must sting. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021 More humiliations followed: the emperor’s renunciation of divinity, the dismantlement of the country’s armed forces and a formal abjuring of war, enshrined in the Constitution. New York Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Both say that the divorce has nothing to do with their renunciation of Scientology. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The only way out of this is a recognition of our own fallibility and a renunciation of our will to power—in other words, the only way to stop fighting is to stop fighting, and that means addresses our desire to fight in the first place. Quora, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Again and again, an era of overindulgence begets an era of renunciation: Binge, abstain. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Some say that my renunciation of English could be disastrous, that my escape could lead me into a trap. Sigrid Nunez, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2021 Philosophical knowledge can grant us serenity and insight, while asceticism and the renunciation of desire may free us from bondage to the Will and lead us to a peaceful Nirvana. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2021

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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 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of renunciation

: the act of renouncing something or someone


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

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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