self-denial

[ self-di-nahy-uh l, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf dɪˈnaɪ əl, ˌsɛlf- /

noun

the sacrifice of one's own desires; unselfishness.
an act or instance of restraining or curbing one's desires: To reduce, one has to practice self-denial at the dinner table.

Origin of self-denial

First recorded in 1635–45
Related formsself-de·ny·ing, adjectiveself-de·ny·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for self-denial

self-denial


noun

the denial or sacrifice of one's own desires
Derived Formsself-denying, adjectiveself-denyingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-denial

self-denial


n.

1640s, from self- + denial.

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