the act or an instance of , or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.:
It was a time of austerity and abnegation.
the act of relinquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.:
abnegation of parental responsibilities.
Contemporary Examples

Erudite is trying to wrestle control of the government away from abnegation via nefarious schemes.
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abnegation is a way of adding oomph to any ritual; putting your stomach where your mouth is.
The Enlightenment Diet Bruce Feiler September 26, 2009

Historical Examples

But it is possible, as I say, that you may exaggerate the abnegation required of you.
Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]

There is something sublime in your abnegation if, indeed, you have had no other client this week.
The Burning Spear John Galsworthy

It is the canonical subjection in the full force of its abnegation.
Les Misrables Victor Hugo

There is not only the remission by indemnification but the remission by abnegation.
Looking Backward Edward Bellamy

The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things.
The Pursuit of God A. W. Tozer

And is what is left—if anything is left—an adequate price for the abnegation of manhood?
Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote

His replies to the President are superb in disdain and abnegation.
The House of the Combrays G. le Notre

Who could compel you to an abnegation which would cause you grief?
Old Fritz and the New Era Louise Muhlbach


late 14c., “a negative assertion,” c.1500 as “self-denial,” from Latin abnegationem (nominative abnegatio) “refusal, denial,” noun of action from past participle stem of abnegare “to refuse, deny,” from ab- “off, away from” (see ab-) + negare “to deny” (see deny).

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