One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who renounces something; a renunciant.
Early 19th century. Either from classical Latin renuntiātor reporter or informer (2nd cent. a.d.), in post-classical Latin also renouncer (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian; from renuntiāt-, past participial stem of renuntiāre + -or), or from renunciate + -or. Compare Italian rinunziatore.
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