- to give up or put aside voluntarily: to renounce worldly pleasures.
- to give up by formal declaration: to renounce a claim.
- to repudiate; disown: to renounce one's son.
- to play a card of a different suit from that led.
- to abandon or give up a suit led.
- to fail to follow the suit led.
- Cards. an act or instance of renouncing.
Origin of renounce
1325–75; Middle English renouncen < Middle French renoncer < Latin renūntiāre to bring back word, disclaim, equivalent to re- re- + nūntiāre to announce, derivative of nūntius messenger, news
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1. forsake, forgo, forswear, leave, quit. See abandon1. 2. resign, abdicate. 3. disclaim, reject, disavow, deny.
1. claim. 3. accept.
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Examples from the Web for renounce
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Kuzenkov is the only humane Communist Party member in the book, which is another way of saying he must renounce the Party.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
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Louis looked at me with a startled air, but recovering himself said kindly, “Of course I renounce the—what is it I must renounce?”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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Now my father is dead, I will have nothing to do with the world, and will renounce it for ever.The Imaginary Invalid
She was to renounce her father and take the name of Bohun———.The Fortune Hunter
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Will you undertake to make her renounce the earl, who, I believe, is the devil incarnate?Maid Marian
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He renounced his country; but could not renounce his character.Gomez Arias
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Attend carefully then to this necessary deity, and renounce the other.The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
- (tr) to give up (a claim or right), esp by formal announcementto renounce a title
- (tr) to repudiateto renounce Christianity
- (tr) to give up (some habit, pursuit, etc) voluntarilyto renounce smoking
- (intr) cards to fail to follow suit because one has no cards of the suit led
- rare a failure to follow suit in a card game
C14: from Old French renoncer, from Latin renuntiāre to disclaim, from re- + nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
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Word Origin and History for renounce
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