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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Related Words for abnegate

forbear, decline, abstain, refrain, forgo, reject

Examples from the Web for abnegate

Historical Examples of abnegate

  • In the vanity typical of the insecure, they abnegate all foreign knowledge.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The most God-like man is the one who can abnegate without feeling the sacrifice.

    Where Art Begins

    Hume Nisbet

  • She spurns the doctrine that it is woman's position to abnegate and to immolate herself.

    The Salamander

    Owen Johnson

  • The fact of so little cultivation does not abnegate the existence of industry on the part of the villagers.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

  • In those days the strong made no pretence to protect the weak, or to abnegate their natural power.

    Hodge and His Masters

    Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for abnegate



(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

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

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