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[self-ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˌnʌn siˈeɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
renunciation of one's own will, interests, etc.
Origin of self-renunciation
First recorded in 1785-95
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[self-ri-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-uh-, self-] /ˌsɛlf rɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi ə-, ˈsɛlf-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • self-renunciation, immolation of desire in obedience to accepted precept, is ignored.

  • It is all there: love of all men, and non-resistance of evil, and self-renunciation.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Many were the causes which predisposed her to what was, after all, anything but an act of self-renunciation.

  • Your life will be one of self-renunciation; but, God knows there are many such!

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • Perhaps it had quickened into life that ennobling spirit of parenthood which is all sacrifice and love and self-renunciation.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead
  • Probably something like what they understand by "self-renunciation."

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • The former enforces the law of self-control; the latter of self-renunciation.

    Curiosities of Superstition W. H. Davenport Adams
  • Her life must have been an agony of self-renunciation, an eternal effort not to be.

  • The Hebrews may have written a book that teaches, of all others, self-renunciation, but the way they taught it was self-assertion.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Ceaseless toil, self-renunciation, and love, have cleared its pathway.

British Dictionary definitions for self-renunciation


the renunciation of one's own rights, claims, interest, etc, esp in favour of those of others
Derived Forms
self-renunciatory, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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