- 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 renounced
They renounced violence, recognized the state of Israel, and embraced a demilitarized Palestinian state.Bombing and Invading Gaza Is Israel’s Peace Plan
July 19, 2014
In 1985, then South African president P.W. Botha offered to let Mandela out of prison if he renounced violence.Nelson Mandela Demanded Justice Before Forgiving White South Africans
December 9, 2013
Mother Antonia Brenner, a twice-divorced socialite, renounced Hollywood glitz to live as a nun in a Mexican prison.From Hollywood Socialite to Catholic Missionary
October 27, 2013
He converted from Greek Orthodox to the Anglican religion, and renounced his allegiance to the Greek crown.The Grand Old Duke of Edinburgh: Why Everybody Loves Phil
November 23, 2012
It seems to me Ryan has renounced Rand's politically incorrect atheism, not her morally bankrupt philosophy of Screw Thy Neighbor.Paul Begala: With Ryan, Romney Has the Plutocrat Ticket
August 11, 2012
For every sauce invented and accepted a vice is renounced and forgiven.The Devil's Dictionary
He chose his course, knowing all that he renounced, and he chose it wisely.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He renounced his country; but could not renounce his character.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Why does the whole world, with all its delights, exist if it is sinful and must be renounced?Father Sergius
She must renounce everything for the man who had renounced everything for her.The Christian
- (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 renounced
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