Renouncing
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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