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Meaning of RENOUNCE

Pronunciation:  ri'nawns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cast off or disown; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents repudiated their son"
  2. [v]  turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever"
  3. [v]  leave voluntarily; of a job, post or position; "She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
  4. [v]  give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations; "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"

RENOUNCE is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: foreswear, give up, quit, relinquish, repudiate, resign, vacate
 See Also: abandon, abdicate, abjure, apostatise, apostatize, deny, disclaim, forswear, give up, leave office, quit, rebut, recant, refute, reject, renounce, resile, retract, step down, swallow, take back, tergiversate, unsay, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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, a messenger. See {Nuncio},
    and cf. {Renunciation}.]
    1. To declare against; to reject or decline formally; to
       refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one; to
       disclaim; as, to renounce a title to land or to a throne.
    2. To cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss;
       to forswear.
             This world I do renounce, and in your sights Shake
             patiently my great affliction off.    --Shak.
    3. (Card Playing) To disclaim having a card of (the suit led)
       by playing a card of another suit.
    {To renounce probate} (Law), to decline to act as the
       executor of a will. --Mozley & W.
    Syn: To cast off; disavow; disown; disclaim; deny; abjure;
         recant; abandon; forsake; quit; forego; resign;
         relinquish; give up; abdicate.
    Usage: {Renounce}, {Abjure}, {Recant}. -- To renounce is to
           make an affirmative declaration of abandonment. To
           abjure is to renounce with, or as with, the solemnity
           of an oath. To recant is to renounce or abjure some
           proposition previously affirmed and maintained.
                 From Thebes my birth I own; . . . since no
                 disgrace Can force me to renounce the honor of
                 my race.                          --Dryden.
                 Either to die the death, or to abjure Forever
                 the society of man.               --Shak.
                 Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent
                 and void.                         --Milton.
  2. \Re*nounce"\, v. i.
    1. To make renunciation. [Obs.]
             He of my sons who fails to make it good, By one
             rebellious act renounces to my blood. --Dryden.
    2. (Law) To decline formally, as an executor or a person
       entitled to letters of administration, to take out probate
       or letters.
             Dryden died without a will, and his widow having
             renounced, his son Charles administered on June 10.
                                                   --W. D.
  3. \Re*nounce"\, n. (Card Playing)
    Act of renouncing.