[ ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn, -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.

Nearby words

  1. rentier,
  2. renton,
  3. renumber,
  4. renumerate,
  5. renunciate,
  6. renunciatory,
  7. renversé,
  8. renvoi,
  9. renwick,
  10. renwick, james

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

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British Dictionary definitions for renunciation


/ (rɪˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən) /


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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