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renounce

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of renounce

  1. 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 Synonyms of renounce abnegate, cede, relinquish, abdicate, resign, step aside (from), step down (from), surrenderWords Related to renounce abjure, demit, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, waive; forsake, give up, hand over, yield; abandon, desert, quit, vacateNear Antonyms of renounce appropriate, arrogate, assume, claim, confiscate; seize, take over, usurp, wrest; defend, guard, protect, safeguard, secure

  2. 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 Synonyms of renounce abnegate, forswear (also foreswear), recant, renege, abjure, repeal, repudiate, retract, take back, unsay, withdrawWords Related to renounce contradict, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, gainsay, negate, negative; abandon, bolt, forsake, give up, relinquish, spurn, surrender; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; back down, back off, backtrack; disallow, recall, revokeNear Antonyms of renounce acknowledge, admit, affirm, assert, avow, claim, contend, declare, maintain, proclaim, profess, state, vouch, vow; back, confirm, defend, endorse (also indorse), espouse, maintain, support, uphold; accept, adopt, embraceAntonyms of renounce adhere (to)

Synonym Discussion of renounce

abdicate, renounce, resign mean to give up a position with no possibility of resuming it. abdicate implies a giving up of sovereign power or sometimes an evading of responsibility such as that of a parent.
    • abdicated the throne
renounce may replace it but often implies additionally a sacrifice for a greater end.
    • renounced her inheritance by marrying a commoner
resign applies to the giving up of an unexpired office or trust.
    • resigned from the board

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