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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)
  • She paused again, and Celia thought that her sister was going to renounce the ornaments, as in consistency she ought to do.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (7% in)
  • Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscientious qualms; she felt that she enjoyed it in a pagan sensuous way, and always looked forward to renouncing it.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (3% in)
  • Celia's consciousness told her that she had not been at all in the wrong: it was quite natural and justifiable that she should have asked that question, and she repeated to herself that Dorothea was inconsistent: either she should have taken her full share of the jewels, or, after what she had said, she should have renounced them altogether.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (7% in)
  • He was not going to renounce his ride because of his friend's unpleasant news—only to ride the faster in some other direction than that of Tipton Grange.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (46% in)
  • And she had not reached that point of renunciation at which she would have been satisfied with having a wise husband: she wished, poor child, to be wise herself.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (50% in)
  • Is it due to excess of poetry or of stupidity that we are never weary of describing what King James called a woman's "makdom and her fairnesse," never weary of listening to the twanging of the old Troubadour strings, and are comparatively uninterested in that other kind of "makdom and fairnesse" which must be wooed with industrious thought and patient renunciation of small desires?
    Book 2 — Old and Young (21% in)
  • She was humiliated to find herself a mere victim of feeling, as if she could know nothing except through that medium: all her strength was scattered in fits of agitation, of struggle, of despondency, and then again in visions of more complete renunciation, transforming all hard conditions into duty.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (74% in)
  • Mr. Casaubon's generosity has perhaps been dangerous to me, and I mean to renounce the liberty it has given me.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (97% in)
  • She had been magnanimous enough to renounce all pride in teapots or children's frilling, and had never poured any pathetic confidences into the ears of her feminine neighbors concerning Mr. Garth's want of prudence and the sums he might have had if he had been like other men.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (16% in)
  • Nay, are there many situations more sublimely tragic than the struggle of the soul with the demand to renounce a work which has been all the significance of its life—a significance which is to vanish as the waters which come and go where no man has need of them?
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (95% in)
  • In three minutes the Vicar was on horseback again, having gone magnanimously through a duty much harder than the renunciation of whist, or even than the writing of penitential meditations.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (87% in)
  • Joy came first, in spite of the threatening train behind it—joy in the impression that it was really herself whom Will loved and was renouncing, that there was really no other love less permissible, more blameworthy, which honor was hurrying him away from.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (98% in)
  • The first great disappointment had been borne: the tender devotedness and docile adoration of the ideal wife must be renounced, and life must be taken up on a lower stage of expectation, as it is by men who have lost their limbs.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (14% in)
  • To think of the part one little woman can play in the life of a man, so that to renounce her may be a very good imitation of heroism, and to win her may be a discipline!
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (41% in)
  • But since providential indications demand a renunciation from me, I renounce.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (47% in)
  • But since providential indications demand a renunciation from me, I renounce.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (47% in)
  • I must know what is the foul speech that I am liable to be the victim of," said Bulstrode, a certain amount of anger beginning to mingle with his humiliation before this quiet man who renounced his benefits.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (61% in)
  • Even if he renounced every other consideration than that of justifying himself—if he met shrugs, cold glances, and avoidance as an accusation, and made a public statement of all the facts as he knew them, who would be convinced?
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (6% in)
  • She entertained no visions of their ever coming into nearer union, and yet she had taken no posture of renunciation.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (42% in)
  • But there were strong cords pulling him back from that abrupt departure: the blight on his happiness in thinking of Dorothea, the crushing of that chief hope which had remained in spite of the acknowledged necessity for renunciation, was too fresh a misery for him to resign himself to it and go straightway into a distance which was also despair.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (73% in)
  • I could not offer myself to any woman, even if she had no luxuries to renounce.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (82% in)

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