verb (used with object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.
verb (used without object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.
- 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.
- renovascular hypertension,
Origin of renounce
Examples from the Web for renounce
If people could only renounce their hateful ideas, they could learn to love one another.
Context: Rumored to be the last words of the French enlightenment writer, when a priest asked him to renounce Satan.Tupac’s ‘F*ck You’ to a Cop and the Best Last Words|Marlow Stern|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unlike her brother, however, Laura does not renounce her love, but determines to hide it from view.Lillian Smith’s Bombshell Novel About Interracial Love|Nathaniel Rich|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Weiss|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Confused thoughts rushed through his soul, he must renounce his love, but at least he would see her again.Legends of the Rhine|Wilhelm Ruland
Let us renounce and throw off forever the yoke of a tyranny more oppressive than any in the annals of the world.Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four.|William H. Elson
To renounce one in particular, is no subject for sorrow, so long as many remain in that very class equal or superior.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey--Vol. 1|Thomas de Quincey
You see that I have loved, and nevertheless had strength to renounce.The Daughter of an Empress|Louise Muhlbach
Her father, by whom she was greatly beloved, visited her in prison and endeavored to persuade her to renounce Christianity.Women of Early Christianity|Alfred Brittain
Word Origin for renounce
late 14c., from Old French renoncier "give up, cede" (12c., Modern French renoncer), from Latin renuntiare "bring back word; proclaim; protest against, renounce," from re- "against" (see re-) + nuntiare "to report, announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). Related: Renounced; renouncing.