• WordNet 3.6
    • v renounce cast off "She renounced her husband","The parents repudiated their son"
    • v renounce turn away from; give up "I am foreswearing women forever"
    • v renounce leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily "She vacated the position when she got pregnant","The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
    • v renounce give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In South Dakota it is illegal to try to convince a pacifist to renounce his beliefs by threatening to arm-wrestle him.
    • n Renounce (Card Playing) Act of renouncing.
    • Renounce 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."
    • Renounce 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.
    • Renounce (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."
    • Renounce (Card Playing) To disclaim having a card of (the suit led) by playing a card of another suit. "From Thebes my birth I own; . . . since no disgrace
      Can force me to renounce the honor of my race."
      "Either to die the death, or to abjure Forever the society of man.""Ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void."
    • Renounce To make renunciation. "He of my sons who fails to make it good,
      By one rebellious act renounces to my blood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • renounce To declare against; disown; disclaim; abjure; forswear; refuse to own, acknowledge, or practise.
    • renounce To cast off or reject, as a connection or possession; forsake.
    • renounce In card-playing, to play (a suit) different from what is led: as, he renounced spades. Synonyms Renounce, Recant, Abjure, Forswear, Retract, Revoke, Recall, abandon, forsake, quit, forego, resign, relinquish, give up, abdicate, decline, cast off, lay down. Renounce, to declare strongly, with more or less of formality, that we give up some opinion, profession, or pursuit forever. Thus, a pretender to a throne may renounce his claim. Recant, to make publicly known that we give up a principle or belief formerly maintained, from conviction of its erroneousness: the word therefore implies the adoption of the opposite belief. Abjure, forswear. literally to renounce upon oath, and, metaphorically, with protestations and utterly. They do not necessarily imply any change of opinion. Retract, to take back what has been once given or made, as a pledge, an accusation. Revoke, to take back that which has been pronounced by an act of authority, as a decree, a command, a grant. Recall, the most general word for literal or figurative calling back: as, to recall an expression. Forswear is somewhat out of use. A man may renounce his birthright, forswear a habit, recant his professions, abjure his faith, retract his assertions, revoke his pledges, recall his promises.
    • renounce To declare a renunciation.
    • renounce In card-games in which the rule is to follow suit, to play a card of a different suit from that led; in a restricted sense, to have to play a card of another suit when the player has no card of the suit led. Compare revoke.
    • n renounce In card-games in which the rule is to follow suit, the playing of a card of a different suit from that led.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Renounce rē-nowns′ to disclaim: to disown: to reject publicly and finally: to forsake
    • v.i Renounce to fail to follow suit at cards
    • n Renounce a failure to follow suit at cards
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  • Natalie Clifford Barney
    “Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.”
  • Theodor W. Adorno
    Theodor W. Adorno
    “Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.”
  • Prutz
    “If you cannot renounce the world the genius of happiness will never salute you.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “People should talk less and draw more. Personally, I would like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually.”
  • Emile Durkheim
    “It is too great comfort which turns a man against himself. Life is most readily renounced at the time and among the classes where it is least harsh.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

For some moments, Dolores remained motionless on the spot where she had just renounced her last hope of earthly happiness.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
Then will I that day renounce my name and my country.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
In the last panel is seen Yudhisthira renouncing the fruits of his victory setting out on his last journey.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
For a mere chimera, a fancy, a fear only half developed, he renounced you.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Thousands have renounced their paganism and become earnest, genuine Christians.
"On the Indian Trail" by Egerton Ryerson Young
You seek to break your ties in self-will and anger, not because the higher life calls upon you to renounce them.
"Romola" by George Eliot
The news of Yusuf ibn Tashifin's death in 1106 seems to have made him renounce his intention of proceeding to Spain.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
That, in renouncement of this bitter will, It find at last deliverance it has sought.
"Mr. Faust" by Arthur Davison Ficke
We are the Renouncers.
"The Cycle of Spring" by Rabindranath Tagore
In thunder and lightning he decrees, that Idomeneus is to renounce his throne in favor of Idamantes, for whose spouse he chooses Ilia.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Bertha may do so, and you will, doubtless, have the escort of M. de Bois; but if you renounce Madeleine, you renounce me!
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Renounce my name, my possessions, my identity!
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
He renounced his natural right to life and a living.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
People of that type rarely renounce the formalities.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
He was, with all possible sublimity, renouncing Jane.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
In a word, he renounced the glorious title of a generous protector for that of a base ravisher of the wife of his ally.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
He perceives the uselessness of this and renounces it.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Unbeknown to the people he had formally renounced his right to the throne.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Later on, when he grows older, his religion says to him, 'And happiness is only to be found by renouncing the whole world.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
He fights and struggles to be what he isn't and calls it renouncing self.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

"Weep in the breast
Of my chosen flower,
And for ever renounce
My changeful hour;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
I could renounce my all below,
If my Creator bid;
And run, if I were called to go,
And die as Moses did.
"Hymn 49" by Isaac Watts
O boundless blessing! What! shall she be mine,
For whom contending monarchs might renounce
Their slighted crowns?
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
But there's a dreadful God,
Though men renounce his fear;
His justice, hid behind the cloud,
Shall one great day appear.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
In doubts, renouncing self-conceit,
His word and Spirit prize:
He never counsell'd wrong as yet,
Thy Husband is so wise.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
He said, "Where is there safety?"
I said, "In service and renunciation."
He said, "What is there to renounce?"
I said, "The hope of salvation."
"Who is at my door?" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi

In news:

Mike Gogulski, who renounced his citizenship in protest, is not one of them.
A longtime activist against US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other causes, Gogulski viewed the extreme step of renouncing his citizenship as the only way to truly repudiate a system he hates.
Americans renounce citizenship over taxes.
Klaudt Wants To Renounce Citizenship.
Several dozen participants then fed on a "de-sacrament" (crackers with peanut butter) and received certificates assuring they had "freely renounced a previous mistake, and accepted Reason over Superstition.
Mushir al-Masri said renouncing the "armed struggle" and negotiating with Israel are "not on Hamas' agenda" because a decade of talking won the Palestinians nothing.
The question is why hasn't he renounced it now.
In it he announced that the Mormon Church renounced polygamy.
He eventually renounced his previous ways as he watched his own children begin to adopt his own anger and bigotry.
However, Job never renounced his religion.
In a press statement, MillerCoors renounced media reports the legendary brewer will end production at its Milwaukee brewery .
The birthers lost a big one this week, but maybe this is a consolation prize: undocumented illegal alien Superman is renouncing his US citizenship .
Facebook Founder Renounces USA to Save Money.
Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin Renounces Citizenship .
The play tells the story of the King of Navarre and three other men who swear to renounce all thought of women for three years so they can study.

In science:

If we so truncate the infinite Frobenius-Perron matrix Plm,l′m′ , we (i) destroy unitarity, (ii) restrict the spectrum to N = (lmax + 1)2 discrete eigenvalues whose moduli cannot exceed unity, and (iii) renounce the resolution of phase space structures of linear dimension below √4π/(lmax + 1).
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
Orthodox Copenhagen quantum theory renounces the quest to understand the reality in which we are imbedded, and settles for practical rules describing connections between our observations.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
But that is not a sufficient reason to renounce, as a matter of principle, even the attempt to form a coherent idea of what the world could be like, and rules by which it could work.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Renouncing the endeavour to understand nature is a price too heavy to pay to preserve a metaphysical prejudice.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
In the present article I shall show that the behaviour of photodetectors can be explained without renouncing to the reality of the ZPF.
How photon detectors remove vacuum fluctuations
The underlying assumption in RMT is that one renounces exact knowledge not of the state but of the nature of the system itself.
Energy level statistics of a critical random matrix ensemble
In other words, we could keep realism as such in front of this experimental violation if we renounced to keep locality by leaving aside special relativity, which, on the other side, would raise tremendous experimental and theoretical problems.
The fail of determinism and the limits of Bohm hidden variable theory
Here we choose to renounce to this theoretical argument, noting that gauge coupling unification may happen in multi-doublet schemes due to other effects.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
When adopting the alternative perspective, which assumes the applicability of effective low-energy field theory, one can again take the dispersion-relation parametrization of Eq. (1), but consistency with the use of the fieldtheoretic setup imposes to renounce immediately to the simplifying hypothesis of universality.
Planck-scale Lorentz-symmetry test theories
When we renounce the ideal of a theory as a non-quantum object, what remains is a theory that is itself a quantum object.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Recent results on the non-unitary character of quantum time evolution in the family of Gowdy T 3 spacetimes bring the question of whether one should renounce in cosmology to the most sacred principle of unitary evolution.
Unitary evolution in Gowdy cosmology
Another study presented dealt with the implications for gaugino masses of renouncing the universality of gaugino masses at the GUT scale.
Physics Beyond the Standard Model and Cosmological Connections: A Summary from LCWS 06
If instead one renounces to the predictivity at such high energies there is an alternative possibility: The SM could be considered as an effective theory of some other fundamental theory which opeartes at much higher energies.
Introduction To The Symmetry Breaking Sector
In conclusion, if we want to implement the Higgs Mechanism without the Higgs particle we must renounce to the renormalizability of the S BS and we need to build a sensible low energy effective theory and define a way to deal with non-renormalizable interactions.
Introduction To The Symmetry Breaking Sector
In the next paper the author renounced of the treatment of the two–body channels at all simply disregarding them.
Comments on some recent papers on the hyperspherical approach in few-body systems