[self-ri-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n, self-]


renunciation of one's own will, interests, etc.

Origin of self-renunciation

First recorded in 1785–95
Related formsself-re·nun·ci·a·to·ry [self-ri-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -shee-uh-, self-] /ˌsɛlf rɪˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ʃi ə-, ˈsɛlf-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-renunciation

Historical Examples of self-renunciation

  • It is all there: love of all men, and non-resistance of evil, and self-renunciation.

    The Shadow of Life

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • There was something heroic to her in Thorold's silence and self-renunciation.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • But what woman is not won by an appearance of self-renunciation?

    Southern Hearts

    Florence Hull Winterburn

  • Would he have won the worlds admiration by his self-renunciation?

    The Bible and Life

    Edwin Holt Hughes

  • Your life will be one of self-renunciation; but, God knows there are many such!

    Three Dramas

    Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson

British Dictionary definitions for self-renunciation



the renunciation of one's own rights, claims, interest, etc, esp in favour of those of others
Derived Formsself-renunciatory, adjective
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