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[ab-ni-gey-shuh n] /ˌæb nɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act or an instance of abnegating, or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.:
It was a time of austerity and abnegation.
the act of relinquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.:
abnegation of parental responsibilities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There is something sublime in your abnegation if, indeed, you have had no other client this week.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • No; even at his highest pitch of abnegation, he could not forget himself.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • There is not only the remission by indemnification but the remission by abnegation.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • There was no peace except in the abnegation of all positive desire.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • And is what is left—if anything is left—an adequate price for the abnegation of manhood?

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • Who could compel you to an abnegation which would cause you grief?

    Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach
  • But it is possible, as I say, that you may exaggerate the abnegation required of you.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • Why is there so much disavowal and abnegation in your hearts?

    Prophets of Dissent Otto Heller
Word Origin and History for abnegation

late 14c., "a negative assertion," c.1500 as "self-denial," from Latin abnegationem (nominative abnegatio) "refusal, denial," noun of action from past participle stem of abnegare "to refuse, deny," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + negare "to deny" (see deny).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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