Renounce Re*nounce" (r[-e]*nouns"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Renounced} (-nounst"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Renouncing} (-noun"s?ng).] [F. renoncer, L. renuntiare to bring back word, announce, revoke, retract, renounce; pref. re- re- + nuntiare to announce, fr. nuncius, a messenger. See {Nuncio}, and cf. {Renunciation}.] 1. To declare against; to reject or decline formally; to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one; to disclaim; as, to renounce a title to land or to a throne. [1913 Webster]

2. To cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss; to forswear. [1913 Webster]

This world I do renounce, and in your sights Shake patiently my great affliction off. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Card Playing) To disclaim having a card of (the suit led) by playing a card of another suit. [1913 Webster]

{To renounce probate} (Law), to decline to act as the executor of a will. --Mozley & W. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To cast off; disavow; disown; disclaim; deny; abjure; recant; abandon; forsake; quit; forego; resign; relinquish; give up; abdicate.

Usage: {Renounce}, {Abjure}, {Recant}. -- To renounce is to make an affirmative declaration of abandonment. To abjure is to renounce with, or as with, the solemnity of an oath. To recant is to renounce or abjure some proposition previously affirmed and maintained. [1913 Webster]

From Thebes my birth I own; . . . since no disgrace Can force me to renounce the honor of my race. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Either to die the death, or to abjure Forever the society of man. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • renounce — re·nounce /ri nau̇ns/ vb re·nounced, re·nounc·ing vt 1: to announce one s abandonment or giving up of a right to or interest in: disclaim (1) renounce an inheritance 2: to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further …   Law dictionary

  • renounce — late 14c., from O.Fr. renoncer, from L. renuntiare proclaim, protest against, renounce, from re against + nuntiare to report, announce, from nuntius messenger (see NUNCIO (Cf. nuncio)). Related: Renounced; renouncing …   Etymology dictionary

  • renounce — [ri nouns′] vt. renounced, renouncing [ME renouncen < OFr renoncer < L renuntiare < re , back + nuntiare, to tell < nuntius, messenger: see NUNCIO] 1. to give up (a claim, right, belief, etc.), usually by a formal public statement 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Renounce — Re*nounce , n. (Card Playing) Act of renouncing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Renounce — Re*nounce , v. i. 1. To make renunciation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He of my sons who fails to make it good, By one rebellious act renounces to my blood. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To decline formally, as an executor or a person entitled to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • renounce — 1 *abdicate, resign Analogous words: sacrifice, abnegate, *forgo, forbear, eschew Antonyms: arrogate: covet (sense 2) Contrasted words: usurp, preempt, appropriate (see ARROGATE) 2 *abjure, forswear, recant, retract …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • renounce — [v] abandon, reject abdicate, abjure, abnegate, abstain from, apostacize, arrogate, cast off, decline, defect, demit, deny, desert, disavow, discard, disclaim, disown, divorce oneself from*, drop out, dump*, eschew, forgo, forsake, forswear, give …   New thesaurus

  • renounce — ► VERB 1) formally declare one s abandonment of (a claim, right, or possession). 2) refuse to recognize any longer. 3) abandon (a cause, bad habit, or way of life). DERIVATIVES renounceable adjective renouncement noun renouncer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • renounce — UK [rɪˈnaʊns] / US verb [transitive] Word forms renounce : present tense I/you/we/they renounce he/she/it renounces present participle renouncing past tense renounced past participle renounced formal 1) to state formally that you no longer… …   English dictionary

  • renounce — v. (D; tr.) to renounce for (to renounce wealth for happiness) * * * [rɪ naʊns] (D; tr.) to renounce for (to renounce wealth for happiness) …   Combinatory dictionary

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