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renounce

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Definition to formally reject, give up, or turn away from

(as in to give up the power of a monarch, to change belief, behavior, support, or association)
  • Israel asks that they renounce their stated intention of wiping it off the map.
renounce = formally reject, give up, or turn away from
  • She renounced her religion and joined the Communist party.
  • There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions.
    Anais Nin
  • To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
    Thomas Paine
  • She renounced her husband
  • Because they refused to accept female ministers, she renounced her membership in the church and joined another denomination.
  • To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For he who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man's nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts.
    Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Renounce the material world and you surrender it to evil.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • renounce = formally reject, give up, or turn away from
  • He would have preferred to renounce everything, throw it all away, die, rather than fail Fermina Daza.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • renounce = to formally reject, give up, and turn away from
  • She has renounced the claim on your brother's blood.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • renounced = formally given up
  • renounce it as plain villainy
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • renounce = reject
  • Put your hand on this Bible, and say, 'I renounce all private speech and intercourse with Philip Wakem from this time forth.'
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • renounce = to formally give up
  • I renounce the gods!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • renounce = to formally reject or turn away from
  • One was the renunciation of his old life, of his utterly useless education.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The disappointment in her face spurred him to renunciation of his particular dream.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • In this list there were three conditions which displeased Mazarin and he offered the prince ten thousand crowns to renounce them.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After
  • I here renounce him and return to Henry.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • He did not renounce his opinions, but felt himself in some way to blame and wished to justify himself.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • In a sense this gradual renunciation of beauty was the second step after his disillusion had been made complete.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • —there stands a rustic dwelling which you can make me prouder of, than all the hopes I have renounced, measured a thousandfold.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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