- 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.
transitive verbrenounced, renouncing
- 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 of renounceMiddle English renouncen ; from Old French renoncer ; from Classical Latin renuntiare ; from re-, back + nuntiare, to tell ; from nuntius, messenger: see nuncio
verbre·nounced, re·nounc·ing, re·nounc·es
- a. To give up (a title or possession, for example), especially by formal announcement.b. To decide or declare that one will no longer adhere to (a belief or position); reject.c. To decide or declare that one will no longer engage in (a practice) or use (something): renounce violence. See Synonyms at relinquish.
- To disclaim one's association with (a person or country, for example).
Origin of renounceMiddle 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).
- (card games) An act of renouncing.
(third-person singular simple present renounces, present participle renouncing, simple past and past participle renounced)
- To give up, resign, surrender.
- to renounce a title to land or to a throne
- To cast off, repudiate.
- To decline further association with someone or something, disown.
- To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.
- (intransitive) To make a renunciation of something.
- (intransitive) To surrender formally some right or trust.
- (intransitive, card games) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.
From Latin renuntiare.
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