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[ab-ni-geyt] /ˈæb nɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), abnegated, abnegating.
to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
to relinquish; give up.
Origin of abnegate
1650-60; < Latin abnegātus denied (past participle of abnegāre). See ab-, negate
Related forms
abnegation, noun
abnegator, noun
unabnegated, adjective
unabnegating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for abnegate
Historical Examples
  • In the vanity typical of the insecure, they abnegate all foreign knowledge.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The most God-like man is the one who can abnegate without feeling the sacrifice.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • She spurns the doctrine that it is woman's position to abnegate and to immolate herself.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • The fact of so little cultivation does not abnegate the existence of industry on the part of the villagers.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • In those days the strong made no pretence to protect the weak, or to abnegate their natural power.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • The quality of Mantchou has thus by degrees become a very costly affair, and many, of consequence, seek altogether to abnegate it.

British Dictionary definitions for abnegate


(transitive) to deny to oneself; renounce (privileges, pleasure, etc)
Derived Forms
abnegation, noun
abnegator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin abnegāre to deny
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Word Origin and History for abnegate

1650s, from Latin abnegatus, past participle of abnegare "to refuse, deny" (see abnegation). Related: Abnegated; abnegating.

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