[ab-ni-gey-shuh n]


the act or an instance of abnegating, or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.: It was a time of austerity and abnegation.
the act of relinquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.: abnegation of parental responsibilities.

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Contemporary Examples of abnegation

Historical Examples of abnegation

  • There is something sublime in your abnegation if, indeed, you have had no other client this week.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • No; even at his highest pitch of abnegation, he could not forget himself.


    John Galsworthy

  • There is not only the remission by indemnification but the remission by abnegation.

    Looking Backward

    Edward Bellamy

  • There was no peace except in the abnegation of all positive desire.


    Evelyn Scott

  • And is what is left—if anything is left—an adequate price for the abnegation of manhood?

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

Word Origin and History for abnegation

late 14c., "a negative assertion," c.1500 as "self-denial," from Latin abnegationem (nominative abnegatio) "refusal, denial," noun of action from past participle stem of abnegare "to refuse, deny," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + negare "to deny" (see deny).

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