to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
to relinquish; give up.
Historical Examples

In the vanity typical of the insecure, they abnegate all foreign knowledge.
After the Rain Sam Vaknin

The most God-like man is the one who can abnegate without feeling the sacrifice.
Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet

The quality of Mantchou has thus by degrees become a very costly affair, and many, of consequence, seek altogether to abnegate it.
Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China Evariste Regis Huc

The fact of so little cultivation does not abnegate the existence of industry on the part of the villagers.
The War Trail Mayne Reid

She spurns the doctrine that it is woman’s position to abnegate and to immolate herself.
The Salamander Owen Johnson

In those days the strong made no pretence to protect the weak, or to abnegate their natural power.
Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies

(transitive) to deny to oneself; renounce (privileges, pleasure, etc)

1650s, from Latin abnegatus, past participle of abnegare “to refuse, deny” (see abnegation). Related: Abnegated; abnegating.


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