- 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 self-renouncing
However, it had the effect of eliciting much of the sweet, self-renouncing grace that was in David.Life and Times of David
Charles Henry Mackintosh
A self-renouncing passion of any kind is not so common that we can afford to look on his king-worship with scorn.Robert Browning
May we learn from all this to be very humble and self-renouncing in our service, whatever it be.Elijah the Tishbite
C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Meantime, six weeks had passed since Rosendo had departed to take up his lonely task of self-renouncing love.Carmen Ariza
Charles Francis Stocking
- (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 self-renouncing
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