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

Synonyms & Antonyms for renunciation


abnegation, renouncement, repudiation, self-denial


indulgence, self-indulgence

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Examples of renunciation in a Sentence

the king's renunciation of the throne Their vows include renunciation of all wealth.

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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 Still Here’ The punch-drunk frustration here comes first as an ambiguous lament, then a clear renunciation of — who else — the president. New York Times, "The Playlist: Willie Nelson Is Still Standing, and 10 More New Songs," 27 Apr. 2018 Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA), an advocacy organisation, has pushed for those who safely can to publicly declare their renunciations. The Economist, "The number of ex-Muslims in America is rising," 15 Mar. 2018 Rihanna's criticism of the app, touches on one of the biggest user issues with social platforms today and ties into the larger renunciation of big tech that is occurring right now., "Rihanna’s Reasons For Condemning Snapchat Are Far More Serious Than The Issues Kylie Raised," 15 Mar. 2018 Democrats flipped more than a dozen seats in the November election, claiming the results as a renunciation of President Trump. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Democrat won't challenge tied Virginia race settled by lot," 10 Jan. 2018 The renunciation of him and his work, no doubt, has some purpose. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alec Baldwin Calls "Renunciation" of Woody Allen "Unfair and Sad"," 16 Jan. 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


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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