renounce
verb (renounced; renouncing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French renuncer, from Latin renuntiare, from re- + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration <
renounce his errors
>
2. to refuse to follow, obey, or recognize any further ; repudiate <
renounce the authority of the church
>
intransitive verb 1. to make a renunciation 2. to fail to follow suit in a card game Synonyms: see abdicate, abjurerenouncement nounrenouncer noun

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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