• WordNet 3.6
    • v abnegate deny or renounce "They abnegated their gods"
    • v abnegate surrender (power or a position) "The King abnegated his power to the ministers"
    • v abnegate deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure "She denied herself wine and spirits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Abnegate To deny and reject; to abjure.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abnegate To deny (anything) to one's self; renounce; give up or surrender.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abnegate ab′ne-gāt to deny
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abnegatus, p. p. of abnegare,; ab, + negare, to deny. See Deny
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, away, and negāre, to deny.


In literature:

Had he not carried abnegation too far?
"Mummery" by Gilbert Cannan
I will mould a living statue, make it generous, strong, and high, Humble, meek, self-abnegating, formed to meet the Master's eye.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
The life of these good people appears to be one of much self-abnegation.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Reconciliation, not abnegation, is what they mean.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
The fascination of her self-abnegating thought held her, and she drifted on to more personal details.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Deeds of lofty self-abnegation, rarely if ever known to modern days, were then common.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
Hence the Romish Church has always praised up virginity, which is simply an abnegation of sex.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
His self-abnegation was assuredly heroic, and may even be called sublime.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
The usual bird in a cage appears, the symbol of human passions conquered by religious abnegation.
"Intarsia and Marquetry" by F. Hamilton Jackson
But the abnegation will be no sacrifice; rather a richer and livelier hope.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson

In poetry:

You have offered up yourselves to save the world;
You have felt the abnegation of the Christ:
And whatever work you do is a noble work and true;
Though it be not done with banners all unfurled,
You will find it has, in sight of God, sufficed.
"The Khaki Boys Who Were Not At The Front" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Self-abnegation — self AB-nee-GAY-shun — the degradation of oneself.