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renounce

verb

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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)
  • He renounced his old way of life.
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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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