[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-denying
Maybe this is better than self-denying ascetic teenage subculture anarchism.How the Pussy Riot Girls Trial Fell Apart
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Had they ever reflected on the heroism of women, on their self-denying, unrewarded labour?The Christian
Violet could realize her personality and the self-denying life that she led.The Greater Power
Alchemists were, certainly, men of pure lives, self-denying and humble.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
I hate all kind of strictness, and duty, and self-denying, and that kind of thing.Is He Popenjoy?
But we must note one of the implications of this self-denying ordinance of science.Evolution in Modern Thought
- the denial or sacrifice of one's own desires
Word Origin and History for self-denying
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper