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abnegation

[ab-ni-gey-shuh n] /ˌæb nɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of abnegating, or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.:
It was a time of austerity and abnegation.
2.
the act of relinquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.:
abnegation of parental responsibilities.
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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
n.

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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