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1. The act or an instance of renouncing: the renunciation of all earthly pleasures.
2. A declaration in which something is renounced.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman renunciacion, from Latin renūntiātiō, renūntiātiōn-, from renūntiātus, past participle of renūntiāre, to renounce; see renounce.]

re·nun′ci·a′tive, re·nun′ci·a·to′ry (-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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1. the act or an instance of renouncing
2. a formal declaration renouncing something
3. (Stock Exchange) stock exchange the surrender to another of the rights to buy new shares in a rights issue
[C14: from Latin renunciātiō a declaration, from renuntiāre to report, renounce]
reˈnunciative, reˈnunciatory adj
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(rɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-)

an act or instance of renouncing something.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin renūntiātiō proclamation]
re•nun′ci•a•to`ry (-əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
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the formal act by a regent of resigning from his position.
the act of renouncing upon oath, such as an alien applying for citizenship renouncing allegiance to a former country of nationality.
the process of abandoning one’s native land or of being exiled. — expatriate, n., adj., v.
recusancy. — recusant, adj.
resistance to authority or refusal to conform, especially in religious matters, used of English Catholics who refuse to attend the services of the Church of England. Also recusance.recusant, n., adj.
1. the act or process of subterfuge or evasion.
2. the abandoning of a cause or belief; apostasy. — tergiversator, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.renunciation - rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalidrenunciation - rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid; "Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President had negotiated"
rejection - the speech act of rejecting
disclaimer - (law) a voluntary repudiation of a person's legal claim to something
disowning, disownment - refusal to acknowledge as one's own
2.renunciation - the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
rejection - the state of being rejected
3.renunciation - an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned
resignation - the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
relinquishing, relinquishment - a verbal act of renouncing a claim or right or position etc.
4.renunciation - the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
forsaking, giving up - the act of forsaking
self-abnegation, self-renunciation, abnegation, self-denial, denial - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
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A giving up of a possession, claim, or right:
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تَخَلٍّ، تَنازُل عن، تَرْك، تَزَهُّد
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[rɪˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃən] Nrenuncia f
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[rɪˌnʌnsiˈeɪʃən] n
(= giving up) [power, title] → renonciation f; [violence, methods] → renonciation f
renunciation of sth → renonciation à qch
renunciation of violence → renonciation à la violence
(= self-denial) → renoncement m
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n (of title, right, violence)Verzicht m (→ of auf (+acc)), → Aufgabe f; (of terrorism)Aufgabe f; (of religion, devil, faith)Abschwören nt; (Rel: of world) → Entsagung f; (of opinion, cause, treaty)Leugnung f; (of friend)Verleugnung f
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[rɪˌnʌnsɪˈeɪʃn] n (of right, claim, title) → rinuncia; (of violence, terrorism) → abbandono; (of faith) → abiura
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(riˈnauns) verb
1. to give up (a title, claim, intention etc) especially formally or publicly. He renounced his claim to the throne.
2. to say especially formally or publicly that one will no longer have anything to do with (something). I have renounced alcohol.
renunciation (rinansiˈeiʃən) noun
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References in classic literature ?
One was the renunciation of his old life, of his utterly useless education.
There are the spiritually consumptive ones: hardly are they born when they begin to die, and long for doctrines of lassitude and renunciation.
Now he thought of Martha's arrival, of the drunkenness among the workers and his own renunciation of drink, then of their present journey and of Taras's house and the talk about the breaking-up of the family, then of his own lad, and of Mukhorty now sheltered under the drugget, and then of his master who made the sledge creak as he tossed about in it.
To me it was his broken spirit that expressed itself, and I rebelled against his renunciation. But I kept my own counsel.
But he had not moral courage enough to contemplate that active renunciation of Nancy as possible for him: he had only conscience and heart enough to make him for ever uneasy under the weakness that forbade the renunciation.
"Is not renunciation the beginning and the end of wisdom?
The disappointment in her face spurred him to renunciation of his particular dream.
And she had not reached that point of renunciation at which she would have been satisfied with having a wise husband: she wished, poor child, to be wise herself.
From a moral point of view, I cannot say that I think much of your great renunciation. Even as a beginning, it is poor.
"When I first decided to devote myself to this life of obscure renunciation, I was in doubt for a long while whether to become a cure, a country doctor, or a justice of the peace.
On the landing he paused strong in his renunciation, and gave her a look of memorable beauty.
Villa heaved a great sigh of renunciation as she said, "Then I suppose I must abandon such promising and lucrative career right now in the very moment you have discovered it for me.