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Definitions of renounce

  1. give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations; " The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"
  2. turn away from; give up; " I am foreswearing women forever"
  3. cast off or disown; " She renounced her husband"; " The parents repudiated their son"
  4. leave voluntarily; of a job, post or position; " She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; " The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
  5. leave ( a job, post, post, or position) voluntarily; " She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; " The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
  6. 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.
  7. To cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss; to forswear.
  8. To disclaim having a card of ( the suit led) by playing a card of another suit.
  9. To make renunciation.
  10. To decline formally, as an executor or a person entitled to letters of administration, to take out probate or letters.
  11. Act of renouncing.
  12. To disown; cast off; as, to renounce one's heir; to give up; as, to renounce a hope.
  13. Renouncer, renouncement.
  14. To disclaim: to disown: to reject publicly and finally: to forsake.
  15. To neglect to follow suit at cards.
  16. To disown; reject; forsake.
  17. To refuse to acknowledge longer; forswear; abandon.
  18. In cards, a not following suit.
  19. To disown; to disclaim; to reject; to cast off; to forsake.
  20. In cards, not to follow suit.
  21. To disown; to repudiate; to reject; to give up; to refuse to acknowledge or own; to abandon; in card- playing, not to follow a suit when a person has a card of the same sort.
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Quotes of renounce

  1. He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity. – Mikhail Bakunin
  2. Mr. Chamberlain desires to avert the threat to England's peace by making England, in alliance with Germany, stronger than her rivals and so to force them to renounce their hostile intentions against her. – Bernhard von Bulow
  3. The U. S. must renounce any U. S. interest in constructing permanent U. S. military bases in Iraq. – Peter DeFazio
  4. You all know the reasons which have impelled me to renounce the throne. But I want you to understand that in making up my mind I did not forget the country or the empire, which, as Prince of Wales and lately as King, I have for twenty -five years tried to serve. – King Edward VIII
  5. The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle. – Heraclitus
  6. We have become aware of the responsibility for our attitude towards the dark pages in our history. We have understood that bad service is done to the nation by those who are impelling to renounce that past. – Aleksander Kwasniewski
  7. I would finally renounce my delusional hypotheses and revert to thinking of myself as a human of more conventional circumstances and return to mathematical research. – John Forbes Nash, Jr.
  8. Japan is the only country in the world to have suffered the ravages of atomic bombing. That experience left an indelible mark on the hearts of our people, making them passionately determined to renounce all wars. – Eisaku Sato
  9. I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don't know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words. – Arnold Schoenberg
  10. Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself. – Swami Sivananda
  11. We need not renounce the use of conventional force. We will be ready to repel any clear and present danger that poses a genuine threat to our national security and survival. – Theodore C. Sorensen
  12. If it is the mark of the artist to love art before everything, to renounce everything for its sake, to think all the sweet human things of life well lost if only he may attain something, do some good, great work- then I was never an artist. – Ellen Terry

Usage examples for renounce

  1. Do you remember, Amy, the promise you have so often repeated to me; I mean the promise made for you at your baptism; that you would renounce 'the pomps and vanities of this wicked world? – Amy Herbert by Elizabeth Sewell
  2. Joy has its corresponding law; every heart's pleasure is an alternative, and if much we would enjoy, much also we must renounce – St. Cuthbert's by Robert E. Knowles
  3. Before Margaret left France she was made to swear on the Cross and the Gospels that she would renounce for ever all pretensions to her marriage with Charles. – The First Governess of the Netherlands, Margaret of Austria by Eleanor E. Tremayne
  4. Not principle; he is not suspected of the Point of honour; he seems indeed fairly to renounce it. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  5. Punished with the pillory and required to renounce such practices for the future. – A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718 by Wallace Notestein
  6. On the evening of the second day of our encampment here, an incident occurred which fearfully confirmed the wisdom of my decision to renounce all title to medical skill. – The Captive in Patagonia by Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  7. But in every mood he still strove to persuade Eva to renounce the world. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  8. Pardon me, Jamie; but I have not kept you out of malice, such as man must needs renounce on his death- bed. – The Caged Lion by Charlotte M. Yonge
  9. I must renounce either my work or my wife. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  10. He lay thus debating what he should do, sometimes almost resolved to renounce his scruples and endeavor to win Isa, sometimes bravely determined to leave with Gray in the morning, never to come back to Metropolisville again. – The Mystery of Metropolisville by Edward Eggleston
  11. I was forced either to give a contract in writing or renounce the girl. – The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 1 by Rupert Hughes
  12. When you shall say, 'As others do, so will I: I renounce I am sorry for it, my early visions: I must eat the good of the land, and let learning and romantic expectations go, until a more convenient season; '- then dies the man in you; then once more perish the buds of art, and poetry, and science, as they have died already in a thousand thousand men. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  13. There are many Rajput chieftains in Mewar who do not want him to renounce that treaty. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  14. I do not renounce it, though I have no intention to carry off a woman, as you put it. – Within The Enemy's Lines SERIES: The Blue and the Gray--Afloat by Oliver Optic
  15. But his sweetheart, however much her parents stormed, refused to renounce him. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  16. Friend Serpent, renounce Man henceforth- that food is bad. – Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers by W. A. Clouston
  17. The worst of all is that I have involved you in needless suffering; I have won your love only to have to put it aside- to renounce it. – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  18. But, whether triumphant or held in check, positive science can neither renounce its task and method nor modify their nature. – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  19. The King was not more disposed than during the preceding summer to grant liberty of religion, nor were the Hollanders more ready than they had been before to renounce either their faith or their fatherland. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley

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