Vocabulary Lesson 4: Government
By Emma Davis
Can You Guess The Word???
Did you guess Renunciation? You were correct!
(n.) an action or statement in which something is given up, rejected, abandoned, or sacrificed.
*Things that are generally given up within a renunciation include a right, title, person, or ambition.*
As an adjective...
renunciative or renunciatory
What is the difference?
- The word "renunciative" describes specific nouns, such as a right, title, or ambition, that can be a part of a renunciation.
Ex. Jamie's parents made it clear that her decision of playing a sport was renunciative, as she had the freedom to give it up and change it at any time.
- The word "renunciatory" describes a statement being like a renunciation, such as an announcement of resignment for a job.
Ex. When hearing Billy talk of the various flaws of his job, Leo considered his statements to be renunciatory, alluding to the fact that he might quit.
Common Mistakes with the Word
In fact, the word "renunciate" is a noun meaning, in Hinduism, another word for "sannyasi" or a wandering begger. It also takes on a Christian meaning any religious devotee who renounces earthly pleasures and lives as an ascetic.
A) Many common New Year's resolutions consist of renunciations of bad habits such as eating junk food, smoking, or spending an excessive amount of money.
B) Taylor renunciated her ambition to be a doctor because she realized that she was only wanting to be in that profession to please her parents.
C) While a dangerous mindset, people with the condition of anorexia consider the act of eating renunciative.
D) Listing the reasons she should not go on the beach trip, Rebecca's rant was renunciatory in that she later concluded she would not be going.