VCR Lesson 4 Presentation
The Word: Renunciation (n).
*Renunciation is often used to mean the rejection of a belief, claim, or course of action.
When renouncing a particular belief, many people express their decision in some way to others in order to make the transition official.
A person who has renounced a belief often announces or declares her decisions and publicizes it in some way so that others are aware of the person's shift in thinking.
Thus, the root meaning "to announce" is linked to the word "renunciation.
Both terms are adjectives and are used to describe a noun (object, place, or person) that will be given up or renounced by a person.
Renounce (v.)- Used to describe the action itself of rejecting or giving something up.
i.e. The woman decided not to renounce her Protestantism until Catholicism had been made the law of the land.
*The terms "renounce" and "renunciation" are used much more commonly than are "renunciatory" and "renunciative".
Examples of Renunciation
For example, in Hinduism, the renounced order of life is sannyāsa; in Buddhism, the Pali word for "renunciation" is nekkhamma.
This process is often referred to as a religious conversion.
Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.
B) Prior to the nineteenth century, many regions baptism involved renunciation of married life.
C) The girl was happy that she had been accepted to college when she received a letter from the University of Delaware stating that the admissions officers had renounced her application.
D) Kate's religious conversion led to her renunciation of monogamy.
Correct Answer: C
If the university had renounced the girl's application, that would indicate that the girl was not accepted to the college, which would have made her sad.
Instead, the girl is happy, meaning that the college actually accepted her application. The better word here would be "accepted."