Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of rejecting or renouncing something as invalid
  • n. the resignation of an ecclesiastical office

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of renouncing.
  • n. Formal declination to take out letters of administration, or to assume an office, privilege, or right.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of renouncing.
  • n. In law, the legal act by which a person abandons a right acquired, but without transferring it to another: applied particularly in reference to an executor or trustee who has been nominated in a will, or other instrument creating a trust, but who, having an option to accept it, declines to do so, and in order to avoid any liability expressly renounces the office. In Scots law the term is also used in reference to an heir who is entitled, if he chooses. to succeed to heritable property, but, from the extent of the encumbrances, prefers to refuse it.
  • n. In liturgics, that part of the baptismal service in which the candidate, either in person or by his sureties, renounces the world, the flesh, and the devil.
  • n. Synonyms Abandonment, relinquishment, surrender. See renounce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
  • n. an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned
  • n. rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid
  • n. the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman renunciacion, from Latin renūntiātiō, renūntiātiōn-, from renūntiātus, past participle of renūntiāre, to renounce; see renounce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The longer I live especially now when I clearly feel the approach of death the more I feel moved to express what I feel more strongly than anything else, and what in my opinion is of immense importance, namely, what we call the renunciation of all opposition by force, which really simply means the doctrine of the law of love unperverted by sophistries. ...

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  • The longer I live-especially now when I clearly feel the approach of death-the more I feel moved to express what I feel more strongly than anything else, and what in my opinion is of immense importance, namely, what we call the renunciation of all opposition by force, which really simply means the doctrine of the law of love unperverted by sophistries.

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  • The renunciation of private property, freedom from material things, sobriety and simplicity have radical validity only for monks, but the spirit of such renunciation is the same for everyone.

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  • Peoples which are rising, or rising again after a period of decadence, are always imperialist; and renunciation is a sign of decay and of death.

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  • The second half repeated the same pattern, a substantial burst of joy protectively encased in renunciation and loss.

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  • But, in its essence, renunciation is ever the same.

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  • The angel nun, the devil nun — Ingrid Bergman radiant in renunciation, Vanessa Redgrave in The Devils, grotesque and humpbacked, bleeding on her knees while she says the Sorrowful Mysteries.

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  • The word renunciation in English is also misleading, for it implies that we have to give up everything and go live in a cave.

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  • If renunciation is not preformed in the presence of a U.S. official i'm not worried about it.

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  • After a long delay he managed to read the opening passage, but when he came to the first "renunciation" -- the Brenner for the

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  • So often one needs to renounce yet fears any loss in an age of over-promised gain...

    July 8, 2012