Deny one's self

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Deny one's self to deny one's self the indulgence of bodily appetites and carnal inclinations: to exercise self-denial
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. denier—L. denegārede, inten., and negāre, to say no. See Negation.

Usage

In literature:

It is easy to deny one's self festivity; it is difficult to deny one's self normality.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
To refuse to deny one's self is just to be left with the self undenied.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Of course, it is impossible to restrain passion, to deny or mortify one's self.
"A Review of Edwards's" by Henry Tappan
It is absurd to lead a life of suppressions, to deny one's self enjoyment, for purely imaginary reasons.
"The Bigamist" by F.E. Mills Young
It is wrong to deny one's self all diversion.
"Light and Peace" by Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani
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In news:

Death anxiety, when courageously met rather than chemically or otherwise neutralized, denied or repressed as we stare at sixty, can serve to spur creativity, solidify one's sense of self, and significantly strengthen spirituality.
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