[ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn, -shee-]


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 formsre·nun·ci·a·tive, re·nun·ci·a·to·ry [ri-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-uh-] /rɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi ə-/, adjectivenon·re·nun·ci·a·tion, nounun·re·nun·ci·a·tive, adjectiveun·re·nun·ci·a·to·ry, adjective

Synonyms for renunciation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for renunciation

Contemporary Examples of renunciation

Historical Examples of renunciation

  • 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

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 Formsrenunciative or renunciatory, adjective

Word Origin for renunciation

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).

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