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Webster 1913 Edition


Renounce

Re-nounce′

(rē̍-nouns′)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Renounced
(-nounst′)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Renouncing
(-noun′s?ng)
.]
[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
.]
1.
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
.
2.
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.
Shakespeare
3.
(Card Playing)
To disclaim having a card of (the suit led) by playing a card of another suit.
To renounce probate
(Law)
,
to decline to act as the executor of a will.
Mozley & W.
Syn. – To cast off; disavow; disown; disclaim; deny; abjure; recant; abandon; forsake; quit; forego; resign; relinquish; give up; abdicate.
Renounce
,
Abjure
,
Recant
. – To renounce is to make an affirmative declaration of abandonment. To abjure is to renounce with, or as with, the solemnity of an oath. To recant is to renounce or abjure some proposition previously affirmed and maintained.
From Thebes my birth I own; . . . since no disgrace
Can force me to
renounce
the honor of my race.
Dryden.
Either to die the death, or to
abjure

Forever the society of man.
Shakespeare
Ease would
recant

Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
Milton.

Re-nounce′

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To make renunciation.
[Obs.]
He of my sons who fails to make it good,
By one rebellious act
renounces
to my blood.
Dryden.
2.
(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.
W. D. Christie.

Re-nounce′

,
Noun.
(Card Playing)
Act of renouncing.

Webster 1828 Edition


Renounce

RENOUNCE

,
Verb.
T.
renouns'. [L. renuncio; re and nuncio, to declare, from the root of nomen, name.]
1.
To disown; to disclaim; to reject; as a title or claim; to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to; as, to renounce a title to land or a claim to reward; to renounce all pretensions to applause.
2.
To deny; to cast off; to reject; to disclaim; as an obligation or duty; as, to renounce allegiance.
3.
To cast off or reject, as a connection or possession; to forsake; as, to renounce the world and all its cares.
We have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty. 2Cor. 4.

RENOUNCE

,
Verb.
I.
renouns'. To declare a renunciation.
He of my sons who falls to make it good, by one rebellious act renounces to my blood. [Not in use.]

RENOUNCE

,
Noun.
renouns'. The declining to follow suit, when it can be done.

Definition 2022


renounce

renounce

English

Noun

renounce (plural renounces)

  1. (card games) An act of renouncing.

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Verb

renounce (third-person singular simple present renounces, present participle renouncing, simple past and past participle renounced)

  1. (transitive) To give up, resign, surrender, atsake.
    to renounce a title to land or to a throne
  2. (transitive) To cast off, repudiate.
    • Shakespeare
      This world I do renounce, and in your sights / Shake patiently my great affliction off.
  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.
    • Dryden
      He of my sons who fails to make it good, / By one rebellious act renounces to my blood.
  6. (intransitive) To surrender formally some right or trust.
    • W. D. Christie
      Dryden died without a will, and his widow having renounced, his son Charles administered on June 10.
  7. (intransitive, card games) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.

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References

  • renounce in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913