• WordNet 3.6
    • adj self-denying used especially of behavior
    • adj self-denying willing to deprive yourself
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Self-denying Refusing to gratify one's self; self-sacrificing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • self-denying Denying one's self; characterized by self-denial.
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  • Margaret Deland
    Margaret Deland
    “Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.”


In literature:

Violet could realize her personality and the self-denying life that she led.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
I hate all kind of strictness, and duty, and self-denying, and that kind of thing.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
That the 'militants' have been courageous and self-sacraficing no one denies.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Who ever heard of a heroic or self-denying cat?
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
Each crowned by loving thought or word or deed, Oh, heart's long-suffering, self-denying!
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
They are fond of self-denial; here is a propensity that cannot be too peremptorily denied.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A proud self-denying asceticism had given way to trivialities and superficialities.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
She was affectionate, self-denying, and feminine.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
It is the most positive and self-denying of histories, and owes nothing to the fancy.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
These self-denying, self-sacrificing patriots worked together with Blair in perfect harmony and with the utmost skill.
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy

In poetry:

Thou art queen to every eye,
When the fairest maids convene.
Envy's self can not deny
Thou art queen.
"Thou Art Queen" by Robert Fuller Murray
Beloved self must be denied,
The mind and will renewed
Passion suppressed, and patience tried,
And vain desires subdued.
"Hymn 161" by Isaac Watts
Then they who denied
That He liveth Eternal, "Self-made,"
Shall call to the mountains to crush them;
Amazed and affrayed.
"The Trumpet" by Edwin Arnold
But we failed - and I am dying -
Dying in my boyhead years,
There - no weeping - self denying,
Noble deaths demand no tears.
"Is That Mother" by Anonymous Americas
Alas poor bride! can thy grim sire impart
His iron hardness to thy woman's heart?
Or cold self-torturing pride like his atone
For love denied and life's warm beauty flown?
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Once you cross a land like that
you own your face more: what the light
struck told a self; every rock
denied all the rest of the world.
We stopped at Sharon Springs and ate—
"Across Kansas" by William Stafford

In news:

Denis Payre, a self-described French jet-setter, built a successful high-tech company from scratch, then decided to quit at age 34 to spend more time in France with his wife and young children.
She said Texas insurers most often retroactively deny claims in their role as third-party administrators for self-insured employers.
Self-Storage Conversion Denied by Mobile, Ala .
A request to rezone a property and allow the conversion of an existing building to self-storage was denied by the planning commission in Mobile, Ala .
Self-Storage Owner Denied Conditional -Use Permit to Rent Units to Grow Medical Marijuana.
A hearing examiner in Sedro-Woolely, Wash. Has denied a conditional -use permit to a self-storage owner who wants to rent units for the growth of medical marijuana.
Self-Storage Conversion Denied by Mobile, Ala. 58 minutes ago Comments.
A request to rezone a property and allow the conversion of an existing building to self-storage was denied by the planning commission in Mobile, Ala. Last week after local residents expressed concern about the development.
Proponents of gay marriage assume that denying homosexual couples the right to marry is self-evidently discriminatory.
The Manistique School Board has denied a Michigan Education Association grievance addressing its usage of a volunteer coach for a self-funded sport.
Self-Storage Conversion Denied by Mobile, Ala. 4 days ago Comments.
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.
The election results brought me no hopes, only concerns about the blatantly self-centered, God-denying course our president, his party and our nation have chosen.