[ ab-ni-gey-shuh n ]
/ ˌæb nɪˈgeɪ ʃən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. abmho,
  2. abmodality,
  3. abn,
  4. abnaki,
  5. abnegate,
  6. abner,
  7. abnerval,
  8. abneural,
  9. abney level,
  10. abnormal

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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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