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 self-renouncing

Historical Examples of self-renouncing

  • However, it had the effect of eliciting much of the sweet, self-renouncing grace that was in David.

    Life and Times of David

    Charles Henry Mackintosh

  • A self-renouncing passion of any kind is not so common that we can afford to look on his king-worship with scorn.

    Robert Browning

    Edward Dowden

  • May we learn from all this to be very humble and self-renouncing in our service, whatever it be.

    Elijah the Tishbite

    C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh

  • Meantime, six weeks had passed since Rosendo had departed to take up his lonely task of self-renouncing love.

    Carmen Ariza

    Charles Francis Stocking

British Dictionary definitions for self-renouncing



(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 self-renouncing



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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