forswearing vs renunciation what difference

what is difference between forswearing and renunciation



From Middle English forswerynge; equivalent to for- +‎ swearing.



  1. present participle of forswear


forswearing (plural forswearings)

  1. The act of one who forswears.
    • Oh, by what plots, by what forswearings, betrayings, oppressions, imprisonments, tortures, poisonings, and under what reasons of state and politic subtilty, have these forenamed kings [] pulled the vengeance of God upon themselves []


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renunciation (countable and uncountable, plural renunciations)

  1. the act of rejecting or renouncing something as invalid
    The President’s renunciation of the treaty has upset Congress.
    The life of the spirit demands readiness for renunciation when the occasion arises…
  2. the resignation of an ecclesiastical office
    The bishop’s renunciation was on account of his ill health.
  3. (law) The act by which a person abandons a right acquired, but without transferring it to another.
  4. (Christianity) In the Anglican baptismal service, the part in which the candidate in person or by his sureties renounces the Devil and all his works.

Related terms

  • renouncement


See also

  • abjurement
  • repudiation

Further reading

  • renunciation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • renunciation in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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