American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement. See Synonyms at relinquish.
- v. To reject; disown.
- v. Games To revoke in cards.
- n. Games A revoke in cards.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To declare against; disown; disclaim; abjure; forswear; refuse to own, acknowledge, or practise.
- To cast off or reject, as a connection or possession; forsake.
- In card-playing, to play (a suit) different from what is led: as, he renounced spades. Synonyms Renounce, Recant, Abjure, Forswear, Retract, Revoke, Recall, abandon, forsake, quit, forego, resign, relinquish, give up, abdicate, decline, cast off, lay down. Renounce, to declare strongly, with more or less of formality, that we give up some opinion, profession, or pursuit forever. Thus, a pretender to a throne may renounce his claim. Recant, to make publicly known that we give up a principle or belief formerly maintained, from conviction of its erroneousness: the word therefore implies the adoption of the opposite belief. Abjure, forswear. literally to renounce upon oath, and, metaphorically, with protestations and utterly. They do not necessarily imply any change of opinion. Retract, to take back what has been once given or made, as a pledge, an accusation. Revoke, to take back that which has been pronounced by an act of authority, as a decree, a command, a grant. Recall, the most general word for literal or figurative calling back: as, to recall an expression. Forswear is somewhat out of use. A man may renounce his birthright, forswear a habit, recant his professions, abjure his faith, retract his assertions, revoke his pledges, recall his promises.
- To declare a renunciation.
- In card-games in which the rule is to follow suit, to play a card of a different suit from that led; in a restricted sense, to have to play a card of another suit when the player has no card of the suit led. Compare revoke.
- n. In card-games in which the rule is to follow suit, the playing of a card of a different suit from that led.
- n. card games An act of renouncing.
- v. transitive To give up, resign, surrender.
- v. transitive To cast off, repudiate.
- v. transitive To decline further association with someone or something, disown.
- v. transitive To abandon, forsake, discontinue (an action, habit, intention, etc), sometimes by open declaration.
- v. intransitive To make a renunciation of something.
- v. intransitive To surrender formally some right or trust.
- v. intransitive (cards) To fail to follow suit; playing a card of a different suit when having no card of the suit led.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To declare against; to reject or decline formally; to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one; to disclaim.
- v. To cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss; to forswear.
- v. (Card Playing) To disclaim having a card of (the suit led) by playing a card of another suit.
- v. obsolete To make renunciation.
- v. (Law) To decline formally, as an executor or a person entitled to letters of administration, to take out probate or letters.
- n. (Card Playing) Act of renouncing.
- v. give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
- v. turn away from; give up
- v. cast off
- v. leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
- From Latin renuntiare. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English renouncen, from Old French renoncer, from Latin renūntiāre, to report : re-, re- + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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