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From Old French renoncier (French renoncer), from Latin renuntiare.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈnaʊns/
  • Rhymes: -aʊns
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renounce (plural renounces)

  1. (card games) An act of renouncing.

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renounce (third-person singular simple present renounces, present participle renouncing, simple past and past participle renounced)

  1. (transitive) To give up, resign, surrender, atsake.
    to renounce a title to land or to a throne
  2. (transitive) To cast off, repudiate.
  3. (transitive) To decline further association with someone or something, disown.
    Synonyms: disown, repudiate; see also Thesaurus:repudiate
  4. (transitive) To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.
    • 2012 May 18, Sri B. G. Ramesh, Sri M. N. Suresh Kumar, transl., Ashoka[1], Bangalore: Sapna Book House (P) Ltd., →ISBN, page 14:
      His son Sidhartha had renounced material life and gone forth in search of enlightment. He received enlightment under a Bodhi tree at Gaya and became Buddha. Ashoka visited Gaya along with Upagupta and had darshan of Sambodhi.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
      Time is running out, so I renounce a spin on a Class 387 for a fast run to Paddington on another Class 800 - a shame as the weather was perfect for pictures. Even so, it's enjoyable - boy, can those trains shift under the wires.
  5. (intransitive) To make a renunciation of something.
  6. (intransitive) To surrender formally some right or trust.
    • 1870 William Dougal Christie, Memoir of John Dryden
      Dryden died without a will, and his widow having renounced, his son Charles administered on June 10.
  7. (intransitive, card games) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.


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