- to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
- to be remiss in the care or treatment of: to neglect one's family; to neglect one's appearance.
- to omit, through indifference or carelessness: to neglect to reply to an invitation.
- to fail to carry out or perform (orders, duties, etc.): to neglect the household chores.
- to fail to take or use: to neglect no precaution.
- an act or instance of neglecting; disregard; negligence: The neglect of the property was shameful.
- the fact or state of being neglected: a beauty marred by neglect.
Origin of neglect
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Examples from the Web for self-neglect
Louis, you are called from the happiness of self-enjoyment to that of self-neglect.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 1 (of 4)
But is she to obtain and exhibit self-forgetfulness by self-culture, or self-neglect?A New Atmosphere
He could not understand by what miracle of self-neglect he had fallen into so perilous an abyss.He Knew He Was Right
It was utterly unfair to thrust that natural penalty of prejudice and of self-neglect on to the shoulders of others.The Daughters of Danaus
But these glories are withheld from him who is guilty of self-neglect, for they are not wont to blaze forth unbidden.The Memorabilia
- to fail to give due care, attention, or time toto neglect a child
- to fail (to do something) through thoughtlessness or carelessnesshe neglected to tell her
- to ignore or disregardshe neglected his frantic signals
- lack of due care or attention; negligencethe child starved through neglect
- the act or an instance of neglecting or the state of being neglected
Word Origin and History for self-neglect
1520s, from Latin neglectus, past participle of neglegere "to make light of, disregard, be indifferent to, not heed, not trouble oneself about," literally "not to pick up," variant of neclegere, from Old Latin nec "not" (see deny) + legere "pick up, select" (see lecture (n.)). Related: Neglected; neglecting.
1580s, from neglect (v.) or from Latin neglectus "a neglecting," noun use of past participle of neglegere.