[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 renunciatory

Historical Examples of renunciatory

  • At last she sent me away with her soft, slow, renunciatory kiss.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • Mr. J. (with heroic and renunciatory self-denial) Let me speak, please, Mrs. Thompson.

  • Under these new auspices the fair penitent and the renunciatory hero began long careers in English drama and fiction.


    Ashley H. Thorndike

British Dictionary definitions for renunciatory



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 renunciatory



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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