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abnegate

[ab-ni-geyt] /ˈæb nɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), abnegated, abnegating.
1.
to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
2.
to relinquish; give up.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin abnegātus denied (past participle of abnegāre). See ab-, negate
Related forms
abnegation, noun
abnegator, noun
unabnegated, adjective
unabnegating, adjective
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  • To do otherwise is to abnegate responsibility for the future of our country.
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abnegate

/ˈæbnɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to deny to oneself; renounce (privileges, pleasure, etc)
Derived Forms
abnegation, noun
abnegator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin abnegāre to deny
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Word Origin and History for abnegate
v.

1650s, from Latin abnegatus, past participle of abnegare "to refuse, deny" (see abnegation). Related: Abnegated; abnegating.

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