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


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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.
  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.
  5. (intransitive) To make a renunciation of something.
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He of my sons who fails to make it good, / By one rebellious act renounces to my blood.
  6. (intransitive) To surrender formally some right or trust.
    • (Can we date this quote by W. D. Christie and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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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