renounce

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈnaʊns/
  • Rhymes: -aʊns
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Noun[edit]

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.
    Synonym: (obsolete) atsake
    to renounce a title to land or to a throne
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      It is terrible to think of the power of the world even in a redeemed soul. Here was a maid who had drunk of the well of grace and tasted of God's mercies, and yet there were moments when she was ready to renounce her hope.
  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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