Louis, you are called from the happiness of self-enjoyment to that of self-neglect.
But is she to obtain and exhibit self-forgetfulness by self-culture, or self-neglect?
He could not understand by what miracle of self-neglect he had fallen into so perilous an abyss.
It was utterly unfair to thrust that natural penalty of prejudice and of self-neglect on to the shoulders of others.
But these glories are withheld from him who is guilty of self-neglect, for they are not wont to blaze forth unbidden.
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.