[self-ab-ni-gey-shuh n]


self-denial or self-sacrifice.

Origin of self-abnegation

First recorded in 1650–60
Related formsself-ab·ne·gat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-abnegation

Contemporary Examples of self-abnegation

Historical Examples of self-abnegation

  • What is his title to the love or gratitude or self-abnegation of his child?

  • Her modesty and self-abnegation were not, so far as any one knew, the result of principle.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Ay, there was One, who took note of the self-abnegation which had been learned from Him.

    The Maidens' Lodge

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Would this miserable and maddened man understand her self-abnegation?

  • His devotion to you is the most beautiful expression of self-abnegation that I have ever met.

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for self-abnegation



the denial of one's own interests in favour of the interests of others
Derived Formsself-abnegating, adjective
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