verb (used with object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), re·nounced, re·nounc·ing.

  1. to play a card of a different suit from that led.
  2. to abandon or give up a suit led.
  3. 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
Related formsre·nounce·a·ble, re·nun·ci·a·ble [ruh-nuhn-see-uh-buhl, -shee-] /rəˈnʌn si ə bəl, -ʃi-/, adjectivere·nounce·ment, nounre·nounc·er, nounnon·re·nounc·ing, adjectiveself-re·nounced, adjectiveself-re·nounce·ment, nounself-re·nounc·ing, adjectiveun·re·nounce·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·nounced, adjectiveun·re·nounc·ing, adjectiveun·re·nun·ci·a·ble, adjective
Can be confuseddenounce renounce

Synonyms for renounce

1. forsake, forgo, forswear, leave, quit. See abandon1. 2. resign, abdicate. 3. disclaim, reject, disavow, deny.

Antonyms for renounce

1. claim. 3. accept. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for renounced

Contemporary Examples of renounced

Historical Examples of renounced

  • For every sauce invented and accepted a vice is renounced and forgiven.

  • He chose his course, knowing all that he renounced, and he chose it wisely.

  • 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

    Leo Tolstoy

  • She must renounce everything for the man who had renounced everything for her.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for renounced



(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
Derived Formsrenouncement, nounrenouncer, noun

Word Origin for renounce

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



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.

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