- Renounce is defined as to give up a claim, belief, a practice or to refuse further association with someone.
- An example of renounce is to publicly give up a claim to a piece of property.
- An example of renounce is to disown a son.
renounce definition by Webster's New World
- to give up (a claim, right, belief, etc.), usually by a formal public statement
- to give up (a pursuit, practice, way of living or feeling, etc.)
- to cast off or disown; refuse further association with; repudiate: to renounce a son
Origin: Middle English renouncen ; from Old French renoncer ; from Classical Latin renuntiare ; from re-, back plush nuntiare, to tell ; from nuntius, messenger: see nuncio
renounce definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·nounced, re·nounc·ing, re·nounc·es verb, transitive
- To give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement. See Synonyms at relinquish.
- To reject; disown.
Origin: Middle English renouncen, from Old French renoncer, from Latin renūntiāre, to report : re-, re- + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in Indo-European roots).
- re·nounceˈment noun
- re·nouncˈer noun
renounce - Legal Definition