Renounce

Definition of Renounce

Re`nounce´   Pronunciation: rė`nouns´
v. t.1.To declare against; to reject or decline formally; to refuse to own or acknowledge as belonging to one; to disclaim; as, to renounce a title to land or to a throne.
[imp. & p. p. Renounced (-nounst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Renouncing (-noun"s?ng).]
2.To cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss; to forswear.
This world I do renounce, and in your sights
Shake patiently my great affliction off.
- Shak.
3.(Card Playing) To disclaim having a card of (the suit led) by playing a card of another suit.
To renounce probate
(Law) to decline to act as the executor of a will.
- Mozley & W.
From Thebes my birth I own; . . . since no disgrace
Can force me to renounce the honor of my race.
- Dryden.
Either to die the death, or to abjure
Forever the society of man.
- Shak.
Ease would recant
Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To make renunciation.
He of my sons who fails to make it good,
By one rebellious act renounces to my blood.
- Dryden.
2.(Law) To decline formally, as an executor or a person entitled to letters of administration, to take out probate or letters.
Dryden died without a will, and his widow having renounced, his son Charles administered on June 10.
- W. D. Christie.
n.1.(Card Playing) Act of renouncing.

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