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[ab-ni-gey-shuh n] /ˌæb nɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act or an instance of abnegating, or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.:
It was a time of austerity and abnegation.
the act of reliquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.:
abnegation of parental responsibilities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for abnegation
  • He read a ballerina's memoir and learned about the physical transformation and abnegation that dancers go through.
  • The abnegation bespeaks a will to remain participants in, rather than patrons of, the creative life.
  • We expect a kind of self-abnegation entirely missing from the paternal experience.
  • The idea was to go beyond the movement's old tofu severity, the air of judgment and self-abnegation.
  • The duty of the hour calls for self-abnegation and united efforts.
  • With this sub lime act of self-abnegation he bids fair to close his political career with glory.
Word Origin and History for abnegation
1550s, from L. abnegationem (nom. abnegatio) "refusal, denial," noun of action from abnegatus, pp. of abnegare, from ab- "off, away from" + negare "to deny" (see deny).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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