• WordNet 3.6
    • n renunciation the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
    • n renunciation rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid "Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President had negotiated"
    • n renunciation an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned
    • n renunciation the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Renunciation (Law) Formal declination to take out letters of administration, or to assume an office, privilege, or right.
    • Renunciation The act of renouncing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n renunciation The act of renouncing. A disowning or disclaiming; rejection.
    • n renunciation In law, the legal act by which a person abandons a right acquired, but without transferring it to another: applied particularly in reference to an executor or trustee who has been nominated in a will, or other instrument creating a trust, but who, having an option to accept it, declines to do so, and in order to avoid any liability expressly renounces the office. In Scots law the term is also used in reference to an heir who is entitled, if he chooses. to succeed to heritable property, but, from the extent of the encumbrances, prefers to refuse it.
    • n renunciation In liturgics, that part of the baptismal service in which the candidate, either in person or by his sureties, renounces the world, the flesh, and the devil.
    • n renunciation Synonyms Abandonment, relinquishment, surrender. See renounce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Renunciation re-nun-si-ā′shun disowning: rejection: abandonment:
    • n Renunciation re-nun-si-ā′shun (law) the legal act by which a person abandons a right acquired, but without transferring it to another: in the Anglican baptismal service, the part in which the candidate in person or by his sureties renounces the devil and all his works
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  • Amelia E. Barr
    Amelia E. Barr
    “With renunciation life begins.”
  • George Eliot
    “Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.”
  • Albert Camus
    “To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.”
  • Simone Weil
    “A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. renonciation, L. renuntiatio, ann announcement. See Renounce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Seclusion and renunciation are great sharpeners and refiners of the sense of joy, chiefly because they encourage the habit of attentiveness.
"Different Girls" by Various
He had been filled with a passion of self renunciation inspired by her words.
"For the Faith" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Still, it was with a faint regret she prepared to complete what had been a deed of renunciation.
"Winston of the Prairie" by Harold Bindloss
But as the time fixed for our departure drew near, this policy of renunciation grew increasingly difficult.
"Mr. Fortescue" by William Westall
Renunciation is the corner-stone of wisdom, the condition of all genuine achievement.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
So with Lizzy: life had taught her; and the one bitter truth of self-renunciation she had wrung out of it must tell itself somehow.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
I remember I found you crying over the great renunciation one day.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
He had yet to learn the hardest lesson of all, resignation, renunciation.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
Resolutely he slurred over in his own mind the consequences to himself, and set himself to the old, old task of renunciation.
"Heart's Desire" by Emerson Hough
Renunciation is a great word in the religions of both Europe and Asia, but in Europe it is almost active.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Still, she made no hasty decision, seeing that the issues involved in her renunciation were so great.
"Red Money" by Fergus Hume
Renunciation is of six kinds.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
If it was down the road of renunciation of a life-long enmity, he would not break his word.
"The Militants" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
In the interval she had passed through a spiritual crisis and made a great renunciation.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Father Fray Alonso del Rincon, who bore letters-patent to preside, made the same renunciation.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
Joan was not more selfish than the young generally are; she had hours of noble self-renunciation and generosity.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
To his mind it had all the force of a final renunciation, a severance of the last link that bound him to his old life.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
No trace of her love nor her renunciation had appeared in the regular household.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
It was a final act of self-renunciation.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
Not long after, he sent to the Bishop his renunciation of the errors and abominations of Romanism.
"The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional" by Father Chiniquy

In poetry:

A veiling thought at once now passes
Thy glowing eyes thus covering:
It is the dark renunciation,
The sweetest yearning's shadowing.
"So Fresh Thou Art .." by Mihai Eminescu
Here in the dusk I see her face again
As then I knew it, ere she fell asleep;
Renunciation glorifying pain
Of her soul's inmost deep.
"Remembered" by Madison Julius Cawein
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
Disenchantment! Disillusion!
Must each noble aspiration
Come at last to this conclusion,
Jarring discord, wild confusion,
Lassitude, renunciation?
"Epimetheus, or the Poet's Afterthought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity by Peter Brown Columbia University Press, 504 pp.
This is not to suggest that Jains were, or are, a population of renunciates.
Saverin's Citizenship Renunciation Before Facebook IPO Will Increase, Not Reduce, His Tax Bill.
Nowhere has this renunciation of man's transience been more joyous or uplifting than in the medium of airport carpets .
To be sure, Roth has hinted before at just such a putatively noble renunciation, complaining that nobody much cares about serious literature , anyway, so why bother.
Saverin's Citizenship Renunciation Before Facebook IPO Will Increase, Not Reduce, His Tax Bill .

In science:

Many physicist have regarded this renunciation of our effort to describe nature herself as premature, and John von Neumann reformulated quantum theory as a theory of an evolving objective universe interacting with human consciousness.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Einstein ob jected to the “mysterious action at a distance”, which quantum theory seemed to entail, but Bohr defended “the necessity of a final renunciation of the classical ideal of causality and a radical revision of our attitude towards the problem of physical reality”.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Copenhagen renunciation of all such efforts.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Indeed, this renunciation is a quite natural one: by the M.
Outline for a formal general theory of physical measurements
This is probably best explained by paraphrasing Dyson : in ordinary statistical mechanics a renunciation of knowledge about the system is made i.e., by assuming that all states of a large ensemble are equally probable.
Energy level statistics of a critical random matrix ensemble
The renunciation of specification extensions in favor of natural language constructs becomes a new trend in the evolution of UniTESK.
Model-Based Testing of Safety Critical Real-Time Control Logic Software