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Definition of the noun renounce

What does renounce mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: renounces

  1. [card games] An act of renouncing.

Definition of the verb renounce

What does renounce mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: renounced | renouncing | renounces

  1. give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]He resigned
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source]I resigned my position
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source, not sentential clause]I resigned from the military

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): abdicate, depart, leave, quit, resign, retire, vacate, withdraw.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of renounce: abdicate
    • more generic terms: give up / resign / vacate = leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
  2. leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
  3. turn away from; give up
  4. cast off

Alternative definition of the verb renounce


  1. [transitive] To give up, resign, surrender.
  2. [transitive] To cast off, repudiate.
  3. [transitive] To decline further association with someone or something, disown.
  4. [transitive] To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.
  5. [intransitive] To make a renunciation of something.
  6. [intransitive] To surrender formally some right or trust.
  7. [intransitive](cards) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.


"Renounce" is a musical album of Process of Guilt.

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Google previewDiscipleship Counseling (2011)

by Dr. Neil T. Anderson

To renounce means to forsake or say no tosomething or someone. Renounceis the First Step toward repentance, which means toturn away from one thing and toward something else. The Greek word for repentance is metanoeo. The word has ...

Google previewThe Index (1876)

by Francis Ellingwood Abbot, William James Potter, Benjamin Franklin Underwood

This is the religion of self-perfection, of which the theism we are now exhorted to renounce is the necessary product. It begins with the inner supreme command to perfect the selves we are, by ripening to fulness and using for the good of all the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Difficult Words (2004)

by Archie Hobson

renounce or abandon (someone or something). DERIVATIVES : re•neg•er n.

Google previewA Compendious Syriac Dictionary (1998)

Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith by Robert Payne Smith, Jessie Payne Smith

to deny, renounce, desert the faith, apostatize ...

Google previewDiamond Gem English Dictionary

by Dr. Baljit Singh

renounce, abnegation n denial, abnormal a. unusual; irregular; odd. abnormality ...

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Usage statistics about renounce

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Let us renounce all material attachments

Which is why the temple motto is "Endless wealth and prosperity".

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So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now. (William of Baskerville)
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Scrabble value of R1E1N1O1U1N1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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