[self-di-nahy-uh l, self-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for self-denial
Another tradition of manliness would point them toward discipline, sacrifice, and self-denial.Alleged Santa Barbara Killer Elliot Rodger and the Twisted Cult of Modern Masculinity
May 26, 2014
The Roman idea of self-denial differed very strikingly from our own.Who Was the Real Cato?
December 20, 2012
This self-denial is the test and definition of self-government.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I lay no claim to the distinction, and have the self-denial to reject it.'Barnaby Rudge
At the root of all lies the fear of the self-denial and the sacrifice which will be needed.The Ministry of Intercession
He has never known any hardships or been forced into any self-denial.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
A self-denial no less austere than the saint's is demanded of the scholar.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- the denial or sacrifice of one's own desires
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Word Origin and History for self-denial
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