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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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  • The time came when I knew that our renunciation was simply a crime against the soul.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • Of impracticable ideals and renunciation of the world no good could come.

  • His wife heaved a deep sigh of apprehension, of renunciation, of monition.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • For I can be your companion in this practice of renunciation.

    The Cycle of Spring Rabindranath Tagore
  • And now Lynda was on the floor beside the shabby pair, shielding them as best she could from the last wrench and renunciation.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • In the flush of full realization, there was for him no question of renunciation.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • Of course all who subscribe to this renunciation of self-defence must join in efforts to abolish the Arbitrament of War.

  • And only Gerard could have gauged what that renunciation cost his fellow-driver.

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
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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