The definition of abnegation is the act of self-sacrificing by giving up your own interests.
An example of abnegation is when a successful lawyer gives up her practice in order to become a missionary.
A giving up of rights, etc.; self-denial; renunciation.
A denial; a renunciation; denial of desire or self-interest. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Origin of abnegation
First attested before 1398. From abnegacioun Late Latin abnegātiō, from abnegō (“refuse, deny”), from ab (“off”) + negō (“deny; refuse, say no”). Compare Frenchabnégation.
Abnegation Sentence Examples
This instance of abnegation is the more worthy of record that it formed a marked exception to Laplace's usual course.
With the memory of Tilsit still fresh in men's minds, it was not unnatural that to cynical men of the world like Metternich he merely seemed to be disguising " under the language of evangelical abnegation " vast and perilous schemes of ambition.
He set duty above everything, had in the highest degree a reverence for honour, and placed his indomitable courage at the service of everything that was beneficial with an abnegation that nothing could tire.