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[self-ab-ni-gey-shuh n] /ˈsɛlfˌæb nɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
self-denial or self-sacrifice.
Origin of self-abnegation
First recorded in 1650-60
Related forms
self-abnegating, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now she would live a life of self-abnegation and labor, but without inward thralldom.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • What is his title to the love or gratitude or self-abnegation of his child?

  • Never, perhaps, had there been a more sublime instance of self-abnegation than was displayed by Sidney Johnston.

    The Life of Jefferson Davis Frank H. Alfriend
  • Her modesty and self-abnegation were not, so far as any one knew, the result of principle.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • I am constrained to say that this self-abnegation was more fastidious than moral.

    On the Frontier Bret Harte
  • His devotion to you is the most beautiful expression of self-abnegation that I have ever met.

    An Old Man's Love Anthony Trollope
  • Whatever the husband does, however, the wife must be faithful, and possess patience and self-abnegation.

  • He was demanding too much of his exhausted capacity for self-abnegation.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • They would need to be men of great devotion and self-abnegation, but there have been many such in other spheres.

British Dictionary definitions for self-abnegation


the denial of one's own interests in favour of the interests of others
Derived Forms
self-abnegating, adjective
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