renounce

To renounce is to officially give up or turn away from. If you decide to become a vegetarian, you will renounce hamburgers and bacon.

The transitive verb renounce is a stronger, more formal way of saying that you reject or disown something. A prince who's tired of the royal life could renounce his title and become a commoner, and a senator who wanted to become an independent would have to renounce her ties to her previous political party. You'd be wise to heed the wisdom of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who said: “To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.”

Definitions of renounce
  1. verb
    turn away from; give up
    synonyms: foreswear, forsake, quit, relinquish
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    disclaim
    renounce a legal claim or title to
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    abandon, give up
    give up with the intent of never claiming again
  2. verb
    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
    synonyms: abdicate
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    give up, resign, vacate
    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
  3. verb
    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
    synonyms: give up, resign, vacate
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    abdicate
    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
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    leave office, quit, resign, step down
    give up or retire from a position
  4. verb
    cast off
    “She renounced her husband”
    synonyms: disown, repudiate
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    apostatise, apostatize, tergiversate
    abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
    abjure, forswear, recant, resile, retract
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
    swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw
    take back what one has said
    confound, rebut, refute
    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
    deny
    refuse to accept or believe
    abnegate
    deny or renounce
    contradict, controvert, oppose
    be resistant to
    answer
    give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument)
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    reject
    refuse to accept or acknowledge
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