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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
Related forms
[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-renunciation
Historical Examples
  • It is all there: love of all men, and non-resistance of evil, and self-renunciation.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • There was something heroic to her in Thorold's silence and self-renunciation.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • But what woman is not won by an appearance of self-renunciation?

    Southern Hearts Florence Hull Winterburn
  • Would he have won the worlds admiration by his self-renunciation?

    The Bible and Life Edwin Holt Hughes
  • Your life will be one of self-renunciation; but, God knows there are many such!

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • There was egoistic self-expression in Him, and there was self-renunciation.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • Where could one look without meeting victims of self-renunciation?

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • Probably something like what they understand by "self-renunciation."

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • Now, who will furnish the rule for sacrifice, the formula for self-renunciation?

    Elements of Morals Paul Janet
  • And it is needful to remark that this self-renunciation must be real.

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
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