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[ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, -shee-] /rɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, -ʃi-/
an act or instance of relinquishing, abandoning, repudiating, or sacrificing something, as a right, title, person, or ambition:
the king's renunciation of the throne.
Origin of renunciation
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin renūnciātiōn- (stem of renūnciātiō) proclamation, equivalent to renūnciāt(us) (past participle of renūntiāre to renounce) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
renunciative, renunciatory
[ri-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-uh-] /rɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi ə-/ (Show IPA),
nonrenunciation, noun
unrenunciative, adjective
unrenunciatory, adjective
abandonment, repudiation, denial, disavowal, forgoing. Unabridged
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  • The time came when I knew that our renunciation was simply a crime against the soul.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • She had wept only in the struggle of obedience and the renunciation of passion.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • His wife heaved a deep sigh of apprehension, of renunciation, of monition.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • She had accomplished a hideous act of renunciation and returned to the One.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • And now Lynda was on the floor beside the shabby pair, shielding them as best she could from the last wrench and renunciation.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • I can only tell you what I know—that there is no way of peace but the way of renunciation.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Of course all who subscribe to this renunciation of self-defence must join in efforts to abolish the Arbitrament of War.

  • It cost the other woman an effort of renunciation, but she was steadfast to her secret purpose.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for renunciation


the act or an instance of renouncing
a formal declaration renouncing something
(stock exchange) the surrender to another of the rights to buy new shares in a rights issue
Derived Forms
renunciative, renunciatory, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin renunciātiō a declaration, from renuntiāre to report, renounce
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Word Origin and History for renunciation

late 14c., "action of renouncing," from Latin renuntiationem (nominative renuntiatio), noun of action from past participle stem of renuntiare "renounce" (see renounce).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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