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TO RENOUNCE. To give up a right; for example, an executor may renounce the right of administering the estate of the testator; a widow the right to administer to her intestate husband's estate.
     2. There are some rights which a person cannot renounce; as, for example, to plead the act of limitation. Before a person can become a citizen of the United States he must renounce all titles of nobility. Vide Naturalization; To Repudiate.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As such, Holy men are supposed to have renounced the World to focus on spiritual pursuits, but this lot seems to be more active in Worldly pursuits.
Kazakhstan, having voluntarily renounced the world's fourth largest nuclear arsenal, has been and will continue to be a reliable partner for the international community in issues of nonproliferation, disarmament and peaceful use of atomic energy.
Katiyar created a sensation on Monday by announcing that he had " renounced the world".
Consider yourself ignorant if you lived under the impression that a yogi is an ascetic who has renounced the world. The BJP had the world's first woman monk Chief Minister in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh almost 15 years ago.