Definition of renounce the world in English:

renounce the world

phrase

  • Completely withdraw from society or material affairs in order to lead a life considered to be more spiritually fulfilling.

    • ‘Franciscan writings, elaborating on the old ascetic exhortation to ‘follow naked the naked Christ’ by renouncing the world, frequently used nakedness as a metaphor for poverty.’
    • ‘Feeling, in his youth, the desire to consecrate his life to God, by renouncing the world, he decided to become a monk on Mount Athos and set out on his journey towards the monastery.’
    • ‘Abhorring theological speculations, he did not commend renouncing the world and living the life of a recluse.’
    • ‘They encouraged men and women to seek holiness not in the traditional way by renouncing the world, but by remaining in the world and consecrating their everyday lives to God's service.’
    • ‘And does it make sense to renounce the world in search of eternal truth?’
    • ‘He then changes into a simple robe, renounces the world, and takes his vows as a monk.’
    • ‘The tenth-century west was a lively religious landscape, featuring dramatic conversions of the powerful who put their armour upon the altar and renounced the world.’
    • ‘Accordingly, at the age of thirty one he renounced the world and took up a life of austerity, spreading the doctrine in order to help the beings immersed in an ocean of misery and suffering.’
    • ‘At a young age he renounced the world and undertook a seeking journey to the hills of the mystic Himalayas in search of spiritual life.’
    • ‘Only by renouncing the world entirely, by giving up all flawed activity, can one escape from this awesome mechanism into the ‘unborn, unageing, undiseased, and deathless’.’
    become a recluse, become a hermit, turn one's back on society, retreat, withdraw, cloister oneself, hide oneself away, shut oneself away, shut oneself off, cut oneself off
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