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

  Renown \Re*nown"\ (r?-noun"), v. t. [F. renommer to name again,
     celebrate, make famous; pref. re- re- + nommer to name, L.
     nominare, fr. nomen a name. See Noun.]
     To make famous; to give renown to. [Obs.]
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           For joy to hear me so renown his son.    --Chapman.
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           The bard whom pilfered pastorals renown. --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Renown \Re*nown"\ (r?-noun"), n. [F. renom. See Noun, and cf.
     Renown, v.]
     1. The state of being much known and talked of; exalted
        reputation derived from the extensive praise of great
        achievements or accomplishments; fame; celebrity; --
        always in a good sense.
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              Nor envy we
              Thy great renown, nor grudge thy victory. --Dryden.
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     2. Report of nobleness or exploits; praise.
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              This famous duke of Milan,
              Of whom so often I have heard renown. --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  renown
      n 1: the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
           [syn: fame, celebrity, renown] [ant: infamy,
           opprobrium]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "renown":
     acclaim, celebrity, character, consequence, dignity, distinction,
     eclat, eminence, esteem, fame, famousness, figure, glory,
     greatness, heroism, honor, illustriousness, kudos, loftiness,
     magnanimity, majesty, mark, memorability, name, nobility,
     notability, note, noteworthiness, notoriety, notoriousness,
     popularity, preeminence, prestige, prominence, publicity, reclame,
     recognition, remarkableness, rep, report, reputation, repute,
     salience, stardom, sublimity, the bubble reputation, vogue
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  RENOWN, n.  A degree of distinction between notoriety and fame -- a
  little more supportable than the one and a little more intolerable
  than the other.  Sometimes it is conferred by an unfriendly and
  inconsiderate hand.
  
      I touched the harp in every key,
          But found no heeding ear;
      And then Ithuriel touched me
          With a revealing spear.
  
      Not all my genius, great as 'tis,
          Could urge me out of night.
      I felt the faint appulse of his,
          And leapt into the light!
                                                          W.J. Candleton
  

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