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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Definitions for abnegate

  1. To refuse or deny oneself; to reject; to renounce.
  2. To give up (rights, claims, etc.); to surrender; to relinquish.

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Citations for abnegate
An exaggerated veneration for an exceptional individual will allow worshippers "to abnegate responsibility, looking to the great man for salvation or for fulfilment" that we should work out for ourselves. Christina Hardyment, Independent
Adrift and divided, lacking intelligent leadership from the White House, the members of Congress have chosen to abnegate their constitutional responsibility in the hope that the blunt, crude mechanism of Gramm-Rudman will compensate for the failure of political will. Evan Thomas, Time
Origin of abnegate
Abnegate is a back-formation from abnegation, from Late Latin abnegatio, abnegation-, from Latin abnegare, "to refuse; to refute," from ab-, "away" + negare, "to deny."