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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: renoncer, from Latin renuntiare, from nuntiare 'to report'

renounce

verb
     
re‧nounce [transitive]
1 if you renounce an official position, title, right etc, you publicly say that you will not keep it any more [= give up]:
Edward renounced his claim to the French throne.
She renounced her citizenship.
2 to publicly say or show that you no longer believe in something, or will no longer behave in a particular way [= reject]:
These groups must renounce violence if there is to be progress towards peace.
Young people renounced capitalism in favour of peace and love.

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