- to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
- to relinquish; give up.
Origin of abnegate
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Examples from the Web for abnegate
In the vanity typical of the insecure, they abnegate all foreign knowledge.After the Rain
The most God-like man is the one who can abnegate without feeling the sacrifice.Where Art Begins
She spurns the doctrine that it is woman's position to abnegate and to immolate herself.The Salamander
The fact of so little cultivation does not abnegate the existence of industry on the part of the villagers.The War Trail
In those days the strong made no pretence to protect the weak, or to abnegate their natural power.Hodge and His Masters
- (tr) to deny to oneself; renounce (privileges, pleasure, etc)
C17: from Latin abnegāre to deny
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Word Origin and History for abnegate
1650s, from Latin abnegatus, past participle of abnegare "to refuse, deny" (see abnegation). Related: Abnegated; abnegating.
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