abnegate

[ ab-ni-geyt ]
/ ˈæb nɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), ab·ne·gat·ed, ab·ne·gat·ing.

to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
to relinquish; give up.

Origin of abnegate

1650–60; < Latin abnegātus denied (past participle of abnegāre). See ab-, negate
Related formsab·ne·ga·tion, nounab·ne·ga·tor, nounun·ab·ne·gat·ed, adjectiveun·ab·ne·gat·ing, adjective
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abnegate

/ (ˈæbnɪˌɡeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to deny to oneself; renounce (privileges, pleasure, etc)
Derived Formsabnegation, nounabnegator, noun

Word Origin for abnegate

C17: from Latin abnegāre to deny
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Word Origin and History for abnegate

abnegate


v.

1650s, from Latin abnegatus, past participle of abnegare "to refuse, deny" (see abnegation). Related: Abnegated; abnegating.

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