When you sacrifice something or give it up, that's relinquishment. The relinquishment of your position as student council president at the end of the school year might make you a little sad.

Use the noun relinquishment when you're talking about the act of handing something over or abandoning it. The relinquishment of worldly goods is important is some religions, while in others the important relinquishment is that of unkindness. Relinquishment comes from the verb relinquish, to give up. The Latin root of both words is relinquere, "leave behind, forsake, or abandon," which combines re, "back," with linquere, "to leave."

Definitions of relinquishment

n the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.

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ceding, cession
the act of ceding
act of relinquishing property or authority etc
discharge, release, waiver
a formal written statement of relinquishment
exemption, granting immunity, immunity
an act exempting someone
ceding back, recession
the act of ceding back
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conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

n a verbal act of renouncing a claim or right or position etc.

giving up, surrender, yielding
a verbal act of admitting defeat
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renouncement, renunciation
an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned

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