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renounce
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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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)
  • When you choose an elder, you renounce your own will and yield it to him in complete submission, complete self-abnegation.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (79% in)
  • Now, on the other side, take the Church's own view of crime: is it not bound to renounce the present almost pagan attitude, and to change from a mechanical cutting off of its tainted member for the preservation of society, as at present, into completely and honestly adopting the idea of the regeneration of the man, of his reformation and salvation?"
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (51% in)
  • What's still more awful is that a man with the ideal of Sodom in his soul does not renounce the ideal of the Madonna, and his heart may be on fire with that ideal, genuinely on fire, just as in his days of youth and innocence.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (23% in)
  • This soldier had been taken prisoner in some remote part of Asia, and was threatened with an immediate agonizing death if he did not renounce Christianity and follow Islam.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (52% in)
  • "Well, my opinion is," Smerdyakov began suddenly and unexpectedly in a loud voice, "that if that laudable soldier's exploit was so very great there would have been, to my thinking, no sin in it if he had on such an emergency renounced, so to speak, the name of Christ and his own christening, to save by that same his life, for good deeds, by which, in the course of years to expiate his cowardice."
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (53% in)
  • "You'd better consider yourself that, once I am taken prisoner by the enemies of the Christian race, and they demand from me to curse the name of God and to renounce my holy christening, I am fully entitled to act by my own reason, since there would be no sin in it."
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (53% in)
  • If I'm no longer a Christian, then I can't renounce Christ, for I've nothing then to renounce.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (55% in)
  • If I'm no longer a Christian, then I can't renounce Christ, for I've nothing then to renounce.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (55% in)
  • Tell me this, O ass; you may be right before your enemies, but you have renounced your faith all the same in your own heart, and you say yourself that in that very hour you became anathema accursed.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (56% in)
  • There is no doubt that I have renounced it in my own heart, but there was no special sin in that.
    Book 3 — The Sensualists (56% in)
  • For even those who have renounced Christianity and attack it, in their inmost being still follow the Christian ideal, for hitherto neither their subtlety nor the ardor of their hearts has been able to create a higher ideal of man and of virtue than the ideal given by Christ of old.
    Book 4 — Lacerations (18% in)
  • While there is still time, I hasten to protect myself, and so I renounce the higher harmony altogether.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (46% in)
  • Oh, we shall persuade them that they will only become free when they renounce their freedom to us and submit to us.
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (66% in)
  • The formula, 'all is lawful,' I won't renounce—will you renounce me for that, yes?"
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (74% in)
  • The formula, 'all is lawful,' I won't renounce—will you renounce me for that, yes?"
    Book 5 — Pro And Contra (74% in)
  • But God will save Russia, for though the peasants are corrupted and cannot renounce their filthy sin, yet they know it is cursed by God and that they do wrong in sinning.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (77% in)
  • They tell us that it is a sin to pray for them and outwardly the Church, as it were, renounces them, but in my secret heart I believe that we may pray even for them.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (97% in)

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