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Renounce


RENOUNCE, verb transitive renouns'. [Latin renuncio; re and nuncio, to declare, from the root of nomen, name.]

1. To disown; to disclaim; to reject; as a title or claim; to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to; as, to renounce a title to land or a claim to reward; to renounce all pretensions to applause.

2. To deny; to cast off; to reject; to disclaim; as an obligation or duty; as, to renounce allegiance.

3. To cast off or reject, as a connection or possession; to forsake; as, to renounce the world and all its cares.

We have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty. 2 Corinthians 4:2.

RENOUNCE, verb intransitive renouns'. To declare a renunciation.

He of my sons who falls to make it good, by one rebellious act renounces to my blood. [Not in use.]

RENOUNCE, noun renouns'. The declining to follow suit, when it can be done.