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.

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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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)
  7. 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
  8. There are many Rajput chieftains in Mewar who do not want him to renounce that treaty. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. But in every mood he still strove to persuade Eva to renounce the world. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Friend Serpent, renounce Man henceforth- that food is bad. – Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers by W. A. Clouston
  16. I must renounce either my work or my wife. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  17. But his sweetheart, however much her parents stormed, refused to renounce him. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  18. 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
  19. 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