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[ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, -shee-] /rɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-/
an act or instance of relinquishing, abandoning, repudiating, or sacrificing something, as a right, title, person, or ambition:
the king's renunciation of the throne.
Origin of renunciation
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin renūnciātiōn- (stem of renūnciātiō) proclamation, equivalent to renūnciāt(us) (past participle of renūntiāre to renounce) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
renunciative, renunciatory
[ri-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-uh-] /rɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi ə-/ (Show IPA),
nonrenunciation, noun
unrenunciative, adjective
unrenunciatory, adjective
abandonment, repudiation, denial, disavowal, forgoing. Unabridged
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  • It was through her renunciation that he had grown so strong, so pure, so good.

  • She had wept only in the struggle of obedience and the renunciation of passion.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The renunciation, the conquest of sex—it is this that must be gained.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He talked of renunciation, but it was with an anguish so keen as to make me wince for him who felt it.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • There is no halt to be looked for, no tranquillity in renunciation and wilful blindness.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • She had accomplished a hideous act of renunciation and returned to the One.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • I can only tell you what I know—that there is no way of peace but the way of renunciation.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • If I had been weak, I should have groaned aloud in the agony of renunciation.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for renunciation


the act or an instance of renouncing
a formal declaration renouncing something
(stock exchange) the surrender to another of the rights to buy new shares in a rights issue
Derived Forms
renunciative, renunciatory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin renunciātiō a declaration, from renuntiāre to report, renounce
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Word Origin and History for renunciation

late 14c., "action of renouncing," from Latin renuntiationem (nominative renuntiatio), noun of action from past participle stem of renuntiare "renounce" (see renounce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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