Abnegate Definition

abnegated, abnegates, abnegating
abnegated, abnegates, abnegating
To give up (rights or a claim, for example); renounce.
American Heritage
To give up (rights, claims, etc.); renounce.
Webster's New World
To deny (something) to oneself.
The minister abnegated the luxuries of life.
American Heritage

To deny (oneself something); to renounce or give up (a right, a power, a claim, a privilege, a convenience). [First attested in the early 17th century.]


To relinquish; to surrender; to abjure. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]


Origin of Abnegate

  • Latin abnegāre abnegāt- to refuse ab- away ab–1 negāre to deny ne in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from Latin abnegō (“to refuse, reject”) from ab (“away from”) + negō (“to deny”),

    From Wiktionary

  • Alternatively, perhaps a back-formation from abnegation.

    From Wiktionary

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