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1 to give up (as a position of authority) formally
  • in wake of the corruption scandal, the congressman was forced to renounce his seat in the House

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2 to solemnly or formally reject or go back on (as something formerly adhered to)
  • after another failed romance he vowed that he was renouncing the world and becoming a monk

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How is the word renounce distinct from other similar verbs?

The words abdicate and resign are common synonyms of renounce. While all three words mean "to give up a position with no possibility of resuming it," renounce may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end.

renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner

When could abdicate be used to replace renounce?

Although the words abdicate and renounce have much in common, abdicate implies a giving up of sovereign power or sometimes an evading of responsibility such as that of a parent.

abdicated the throne

When is it sensible to use resign instead of renounce?

While in some cases nearly identical to renounce, resign applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust.

resigned from the board

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

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“Renounce.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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