Abnegation definition

ăbnĭ-gāshən
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.

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A giving up of rights, etc.; self-denial; renunciation.
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Self-denial.
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A denial; a renunciation; denial of desire or self-interest. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
abnegation
Plural:
abnegations

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 French abnégation.

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