Definition of renunciation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action.

    ‘the life of the Spirit required renunciation of marriage’
    count noun ‘a renunciation of violence’
    • ‘The argument for the implicit renunciation, of course, also strengthens the case for the explicit.’
    • ‘Even today, Heloise has the ability to shock in her unrepentant rejection of social mores, renunciation of morality, and belief in the primacy of sexual and spiritual love and its integration with her religion.’
    • ‘Fasting has always been part of the Christian and indeed other religious traditions, part of the rhythm of fast and feast, Lent and Easter, renunciation of the bad and celebration of the good that is at the heart of all great religions.’
    • ‘In 1988, in response to Jordan's final renunciation of its claims to the West Bank, the PLO declared it the independent state of Palestine, and later that year finally recognized the state of Israel.’
    • ‘A voluntary restructuring scheme is proposed to encourage factory closures and renunciation of quota.’
    • ‘In this view, the individual achieves freedom only through renunciation of his or her desires and beliefs as an individual and submersion in a larger group.’
    • ‘An additional two acts involve a citizen's formal and explicit renunciation of citizenship.’
    • ‘You may be quick to add that something else must go with this renunciation of failure, and of course you are right.’
    • ‘This is reminiscent of the pre-accord nuclear crisis in 1994 when the world grappled with the North to avert a possible disaster in the wake of its unilateral renunciation of the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.’
    • ‘Ironically, by the time of Tyndale's death, Henry's desire for a divorce had precipitated his renunciation of papal authority.’
    • ‘This constitution guarantees equality of the sexes, extends suffrage to all adult citizens, underscores the emperor's postwar renunciation of claims to divine status, and assigns the emperor a symbolic role as head of state.’
    • ‘In 1560 Elizabeth scored a crucial success in the creation of an Anglophile government in Scotland and in Mary's apparent renunciation of her rival claim in the treaty of Edinburgh.’
    • ‘The ‘Sunshine Policy’ has developed with the clear renunciation of any suggestion the South might simply ‘absorb’ the North.’
    • ‘There the parties recognised Japan's renunciation of its right, title and claim to Taiwan as stated in the San Francisco Peace Treaty, but the parties did not go any further.’
    • ‘When lords were in residence, they were often compelled to make formal renunciations of their rights.’
    • ‘No more chilling evocation of the willing choice of evil exists in all literature than Lady Macbeth's famous renunciation of maternal feeling for the sake of power.’
    • ‘It concluded that, despite formal renunciation in the early 1960s of the old, abused doctrine of separate but equal, at a practical level separate and unequal remained the overall condition of black Americans.’
    • ‘Every renunciation of instinct now becomes a dynamic source of conscience and every fresh renunciation increases the latter's severity and intolerance.’
    • ‘You know, we had this renunciation of violence just hours before that suicide bombing.’
    • ‘The renunciation of its resolution, then made solemnly and in tears, compels us to regard the actions of its party members as nothing but a deceptive ploy to win public sympathy with the April 15 general elections in mind.’
    abstention from, refraining from, going without, doing without, giving up of, eschewal of, rejection of
    repudiation, rejection, abandonment, forsaking, forswearing, disavowal, denial
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    1. 1.1Law Express or tacit abandonment of a right or position, usually without assignment to another person.
      • ‘There is a further question of course too and that is, by whose law is this renunciation to be determined?’
      • ‘In short, the plaintiff must be compensated for such loss as he would have suffered if there had been no renunciation: but not if he would have lost nothing.’
      • ‘The Judge assumed that he had an absolute right to those shares and that the absence of a Deed of Disclaimer showed that there had been no renunciation.’
      • ‘They take the position that it constituted an unconditional disclaimer, or renunciation, on his part of any interest in the Trust.’
      • ‘The argument for allowing a defence of voluntary renunciation becomes stronger as the conduct element in the inchoate offences is taken further back from the occurrence of the harm.’
      relinquishment, giving up, abandonment, resignation, abdication, surrender, signing away, waiving, forgoing
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Late Middle English: from late Latin renuntiatio(n-), from Latin renuntiare ‘protest against’ (see renounce).