[ self-uh-ban-duhn-muhnt ]

  1. absence or lack of personal restraint.

Origin of self-abandonment

First recorded in 1810–20
  • Sometimes self-a·ban·don .

Words Nearby self-abandonment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use self-abandonment in a sentence

  • The young woman's education in a Jewish home is such as to exclude a blind self-abandonment, with the consequent tragic results.

  • The very phrase offends some ancient canon fixed against self-abandonment in the very blood and bone of womankind.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • She resisted a moment, and then, with a little cry of self-abandonment, she hid her face on his breast.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • But to this King myrrh is a peculiarly appropriate gift, for it is the symbol of complete self-abandonment.

    Our Lady Saint Mary | J. G. H. Barry
  • In her voice, as in her body, there is always a reserve of energy, a dignified self-respect; there is never any self-abandonment.

    Impressions And Comments | Havelock Ellis