• WordNet 3.6
    • n renouncement an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned
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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 Renouncement The act of disclaiming or rejecting; renunciation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n renouncement The act of renouncing, or of disclaiming or rejecting; renunciation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Renouncement act of renouncing, disclaiming, or rejecting
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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
Cf. F. renoncement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. renuntiārere-, away, nuntiāre, -ātum, to announce—nuntius, a messenger.


In literature:

Whoever doubts that renounces Christ.
"History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
It was this: to embrace the Catholic Faith meant the renouncing of Hubert.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
Do you think your friend had a right to renounce his rank and to break up his family in Italy?
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
He has broken his word, and now demands that your father should renounce his security.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
In renouncing you, I renounce my salvation, I fall back into irremediable ruin and disaster.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Hans had no more armies to send to Sweden and he was obliged to renounce its crown.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Ninon de Lenclos renounced marriage, and had numberless lovers.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Iaroslaf renounced Novgorod and released the citizens arrested by him.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
I renounce it with the greatest regret!
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
Why did he not renounce at once that enticing stimulant which had already worked him so much misery?
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
The choice was given them of renouncing their faith or going.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
From this day, from this hour, I renounce the manufacture of ardent spirit for ever.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
But did she, then, mean to renounce her love for Wagner?
"Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf" by George W. M. Reynolds
Even as I renounced love, all that lives shall renounce it!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Had not you first the courage to renounce me?
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
In holding their courts in the Netherlands, the dukes of Burgundy had renounced their French origin.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
If you would please God, be useful to others, and happy yourself, you must renounce this melancholy disposition.
"Letters of Madam Guyon" by P. L. Upham
Wouldst thou renounce the holiest bond of all?
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
The solution of beauty is found in culture, since this renounces the charm of appearance for the knowledge of the True.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
The monks had renounced the cowl, the priests their vestments.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird

In poetry:

Renounce thine own ability,
Lean to his promis'd might;
The strength of Israel cannot lie,
Thy Husband's pow'r is plight.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
For him she fled from soft repose,
Renounced a parent's care;
He sails to crush his country's foes,
She wanders in despair!
"The Troops Were Embarked" by John Mayne
Canst thou thy most exalted frame
Renounce, as with'ring grass,
And firmly hold thine only claim,
Thy Husband's worthiness?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
For him she fled from soft repose;
Renounc'd a Parent's care;
He sails to crush his Country's foes—
She wanders in despair!
"Rosabell" by John Mayne
Hopes, despairs, dreams foul and fair,
All!--renounced since yesterday
By my heart that quests elsewhere....
Ite, aegri somnia!
"Jadis - Prologue" by Paul Verlaine
Then let the world forbear its rage,
The church renounce her fear;
Isr'el must live through every age,
And be th' Almighty's care.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Ryan renounces Rand for Aquinas .
Now, three years after his retirement, he suddenly feels moved to renounce that courageous move.
He never renounced his support of the Third Reich's racial schemes.
Why didn't he renounce dependency on government.
Personal secession simply would involve renouncing your US citizenship.
Americans should renounce their support for Israel.
Ask Jews and all Americans to renounce their support for Israel: stand vigil in front of Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Road in Boulder, Saturday, Nov 17, 9:30 a.m.
Renounce power and get safe passage out of Syria.
Arab League tells the Syrian president to renounce power in return for a safe exit.
I guess what I'm getting at, David, is that I think you should strongly consider renouncing England and adopting the United States as your permanent home.
According to an announcement, 461 Americans renounced in the first quarter of 2012.
That is the lesson from the disclosure that Eduardo Saverin, the 30-year-old billionaire who helped found Facebook, has renounced his US citizenship to become a resident of Singapore.
Taliban needs to renounce terror for Qatar office.
Group blasts Gingrich for limiting hires to Muslims who renounce Shariah law .
Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook, renounced his US citizenship to save money on taxes.

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
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
This tearing apart of the physical world creates huge conceptual problems, which are ducked in the Copenhagen approach by renouncing man’s ability to understand reality.
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