• 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

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