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 for renounce
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Renounce \Re*nounce"\ (r[-e]*nouns"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Renounced (-nounst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Renouncing
     (-noun"s?ng).] [F. renoncer, L. renuntiare to bring back
     word, announce, revoke, retract, renounce; pref. re- re- +
     nuntiare to announce, fr. nuncius, a messenger. See Nuncio,
     and cf. Renunciation.]
     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.
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     2. To cast off or reject deliberately; to disown; to dismiss;
        to forswear.
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              This world I do renounce, and in your sights
              Shake patiently my great affliction off. --Shak.
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     3. (Card Playing) To disclaim having a card of (the suit led)
        by playing a card of another suit.
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     To renounce probate (Law), to decline to act as the
        executor of a will. --Mozley & W.
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     Syn: To cast off; disavow; disown; disclaim; deny; abjure;
          recant; abandon; forsake; quit; forego; resign;
          relinquish; give up; abdicate.
  
     Usage: Renounce, Abjure, Recant. -- To renounce is to
            make an affirmative declaration of abandonment. To
            abjure is to renounce with, or as with, the solemnity
            of an oath. To recant is to renounce or abjure some
            proposition previously affirmed and maintained.
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                  From Thebes my birth I own; . . . since no
                  disgrace
                  Can force me to renounce the honor of my race.
                                                    --Dryden.
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                  Either to die the death, or to abjure
                  Forever the society of man.       --Shak.
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                  Ease would recant
                  Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
                                                    --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Renounce \Re*nounce"\, v. i.
     1. To make renunciation. [Obs.]
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              He of my sons who fails to make it good,
              By one rebellious act renounces to my blood.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     2. (Law) To decline formally, as an executor or a person
        entitled to letters of administration, to take out probate
        or letters.
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              Dryden died without a will, and his widow having
              renounced, his son Charles administered on June 10.
                                                    --W. D.
                                                    Christie.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Renounce \Re*nounce"\, n. (Card Playing)
     Act of renouncing.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  renounce
      v 1: give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or
           duties and obligations; "The King abdicated when he married
           a divorcee" [syn: abdicate, renounce]
      2: leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily; "She vacated
         the position when she got pregnant"; "The chairman resigned
         when he was found to have misappropriated funds" [syn:
         vacate, resign, renounce, give up]
      3: turn away from; give up; "I am foreswearing women forever"
         [syn: foreswear, renounce, quit, relinquish]
      4: cast off; "She renounced her husband"; "The parents
         repudiated their son" [syn: disown, renounce,
         repudiate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  157 Moby Thesaurus words for "renounce":
     abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, abstain from, acknowledge defeat,
     assert the contrary, avoid, back down, back out, backwater,
     beg a truce, belay, belie, brush aside, cancel, capitulate, cease,
     cede, chuck, chuck out, climb down, come off, come to terms,
     contemn, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, counter,
     crawfish out, cross, cry pax, cry quits, cut it out, cut out,
     decline, demit, deny, desert, desist, desist from, despise,
     disaffirm, disallow, disapprove, disavow, discard, disclaim,
     discontinue, discount, disdain, disgorge, dismiss, disown,
     dispense with, dispose of, disprove, dispute, disregard, disuse,
     do without, drop, drop it, dump, eat crow, eat humble pie, end,
     eschew, except, exclude, forgo, forsake, forswear, gainsay,
     get along without, get rid of, give away, give over, give up, halt,
     hand over, have done with, hold, ignore, implore mercy, impugn,
     join issue upon, kiss good-bye, knock it off, lay down, lay off,
     leave off, let go, make a sacrifice, nol-pros, not accept,
     not admit, not pursue with, nullify, oppose, part with, pass by,
     pass up, pray for quarter, push aside, put behind one, quit,
     quitclaim, rebuff, recant, refrain, refuse, refuse to admit,
     refuse to consider, refute, reject, relinquish, render up, renege,
     repel, repudiate, repulse, resign, retract, revoke, sacrifice,
     say uncle, scout, scrub, shove away, shun, spare, spurn, stay,
     stop, surrender, swallow, swear off, take back, take issue with,
     take the pledge, terminate, throw, throw away, throw off,
     throw out, throw up, turn, turn away, turn out, unsay, vacate,
     waive, withdraw, yield, yield the palm
  
  

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