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[ab-ni-geyt] /ˈæb nɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), abnegated, abnegating.
to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
to relinquish; give up.
Origin of abnegate
1650-60; < Latin abnegātus denied (past participle of abnegāre). See ab-, negate
Related forms
abnegation, noun
abnegator, noun
unabnegated, adjective
unabnegating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for abnegate
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  • In the vanity typical of the insecure, they abnegate all foreign knowledge.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The most God-like man is the one who can abnegate without feeling the sacrifice.

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • The quality of Mantchou has thus by degrees become a very costly affair, and many, of consequence, seek altogether to abnegate it.

  • The fact of so little cultivation does not abnegate the existence of industry on the part of the villagers.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • She spurns the doctrine that it is woman's position to abnegate and to immolate herself.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • In those days the strong made no pretence to protect the weak, or to abnegate their natural power.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for abnegate


(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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