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or self-abandon

[self-uh-ban-duh n-muh nt] /ˈsɛlf əˈbæn dən mənt/
absence or lack of personal restraint.
Origin of self-abandonment
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What they wanted was a robust adult; and to him they submitted themselves with self-abandonment.

    A Problem in Modern Ethics John Addington Symonds
  • In the exquisitely graceful attitude, was an element of self-abandonment.

  • It seems to spring from more intense excitement and self-abandonment than the ordinary song delivered from the perch.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • Her words were simple, but there was something glorious in her self-abandonment.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • It was the effect at least of self-abandonment—I mean to visions.

  • But for Nancy's self-abandonment, he might have come to love her in good earnest.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • When, however, almost every one forsook her, this extraordinary woman did not give way to self-abandonment.

    Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • The audacity and self-abandonment of the Zulu on this night had been simply magnificent.

    Into the Unknown Lawrence Fletcher
  • As by hypnotic influence, a helpless look of self-abandonment, of complete melting away spread over her face.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • He must next recite them with perfect simplicity and self-abandonment.

    Garcia the Centenarian And His Times M. Sterling Mackinlay

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