AskDefine | Define renunciation

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1 rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid; "Congressional repudiation of the treaty that the President had negotiated" [syn: repudiation]
2 the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes) [syn: apostasy, defection]
3 an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned [syn: renouncement]
4 the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.) [syn: forgoing, forswearing]

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  1. the act of rejecting or renouncing something as invalid
    The President's renunciation of the treaty has upset Congress.
  2. the resignation of an ecclesiastical office
    The bishop's renunciation was on account of his ill health.

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the act of rejecting or renouncing something as invalid
  • Japanese: 放棄 (hōki), 棄却 (kikyaku)
  • Norwegian: avvisning

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