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abnegation

[ab-ni-gey-shuh n] /ˌæb nɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of abnegating, or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.:
It was a time of austerity and abnegation.
2.
the act of reliquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.:
abnegation of parental responsibilities.
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  • 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
n.

late 14c., "a negative assertion," c.1500 as "self-denial," from Latin abnegationem (nominative abnegatio) "refusal, denial," noun of action from past participle stem of abnegare "to refuse, deny," from ab- "off, away from" (see ab-) + negare "to deny" (see deny).

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