Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over


[ri-nouns] /rɪˈnaʊns/
verb (used with object), renounced, renouncing.
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), renounced, renouncing.
  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 forms
renounceable, renunciable
[ruh-nuhn-see-uh-buh l, -shee-] /rəˈnʌn si ə bəl, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
renouncement, noun
renouncer, noun
nonrenouncing, adjective
self-renounced, adjective
self-renouncement, noun
self-renouncing, adjective
unrenounceable, adjective
unrenounced, adjective
unrenouncing, adjective
unrenunciable, adjective
Can be confused
denounce, renounce.
1. forsake, forgo, forswear, leave, quit. See abandon1 . 2. resign, abdicate. 3. disclaim, reject, disavow, deny.
1. claim. 3. accept. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for renouncement
Historical Examples
  • This line shews that Bburs renouncement was of wine only; he continued to eat confections (majn).

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • She showed him her renouncement of Rosser, and sent it forth to post.

    Love's Usuries Louis Creswicke
  • Now that he had come she felt neither the delight of realised expectation nor the final peace of renouncement.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • An allusion, presumably, to the renouncement of wine made by Bbur and some of his followers in 933 AH.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Of course the sacrifice is partially a communion; but it is also, and no less essentially, a gift and an act of renouncement.

  • The first is the renouncement of riches and worldly honors; the second is the renouncement of profane desires.

  • The voyager agrees to renouncement, which is of two kinds: external and internal.

  • I had accepted your own renouncement of the legacy in good part, but now, please believe me, it shall be yours to-morrow.

    The House of a Thousand Candles Meredith Nicholson
  • He stood aghast at this snap of their great bond, at the renouncement that rang out in the word she so expressively sounded.

    The Altar of the Dead Henry James
  • The Renaissance held in horror the tonsured and hooded Dark Ages, whose spirit was renouncement and mortification.

British Dictionary definitions for renouncement


(transitive) to give up (a claim or right), esp by formal announcement: to renounce a title
(transitive) to repudiate: to renounce Christianity
(transitive) to give up (some habit, pursuit, etc) voluntarily: to renounce smoking
(intransitive) (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 Forms
renouncement, noun
renouncer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French renoncer, from Latin renuntiāre to disclaim, from re- + nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for renouncement



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for renounce

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for renouncement

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for renouncement