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The monk practices self-abnegation.
  to renounce or reject in various senses, such as:
  • "to abnegate his responsibilities as a father" — to reject or ignore a duty
  • "to practice self-abnegation" — to deny oneself (voluntarily give something up such as a luxury)
  • "to abnegate her faith" — to reject a belief
  • "to abnegate her legal rights" — to give up a claim, title, or position of power
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  • The monk practices self-abnegation.
  • Abnegation discourages anything done strictly for my own enjoyment,
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • no one in Abnegation would be so selfish;
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • For if in the 1940s, long before the dawn of our liberation, the ancient chivalry still prevailed and the plastic June Allysons of a boy’s dreams were demigoddesses with whom one might at most, to use the sociologists’ odious idiom, "pet to climax," I carried self-abnegation to its mad limit and with my beloved Maria did not even try to cop a feel, as they used to say in those days.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • But one doesn’t abnegate by keeping one’s self pure and proud of its own purity.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The English have not understood and cannot understand the self-abnegation of our Emperor who wants nothing for himself, but only desires the good of mankind.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And, withal, a life of privation, isolation, abnegation, chastity, with never a diversion.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Remorse …. abnegation … self-sacrifice … the desire for purification — all pressing upon her.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • He shook in a self-abnegating way, as one who shook for Tellson and Co. "Can I do anything for you, Mr. Stryver?" asked Mr. Lorry, in his business character.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was the furthest limit of self-abnegation, at least so he interpreted it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment

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  • CHAPTER FORTY-TWO ALL ALONE It was easy to promise self-abnegation when self was wrapped up in another, and heart and soul were purified by a sweet example.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • After his discharge from the hospital, he returned to the tiny Noborimachi chapel he had helped build, and there he continued his self-abnegating pastoral life.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • They went on, in steady single file, the two backs in their rigid abnegation of all compromise more alike than actual blood could have made them.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Not with more of self-abnegation will the latter keep his vows of monastic obedience than the former his vows of allegiance to martial duty.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Two tears slid down her fallen cheeks, in and out of the myriad coruscations ofimmolation and abnegation and time.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • ’That’s very praiseworthy self-abnegation,’ Pavel Petrovitch declared, drawing himself up, and throwing his head back.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • All right, she would go with him—again she felt the beauty of the night vividly in one moment of complete response and abnegation—all right, then— —but now she was unexpectedly free and Dick turned his back sighing.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Jose Arcadio Buendia made no attempt to console her, completely absorbed in his tactical experiments with the abnegation of a scientist and even at the risk of his own life.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "Pain?" said his father, his rugged face shining in the ardour of self-abnegation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But self-abnegation is the higher road.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • When you choose an elder, you renounce your own will and yield it to him in complete submission, complete self-abnegation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "destiny," by complete self-abnegation in the Master.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • It was probably just peaceful despair and relief at final and complete abnegation, now that Judith was about to immolate the frustration’s vicarious recompense into the living fairy tale.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • But even if Miss Bart, after her renewed taste of the amenities of life, could have returned to the barrenness of a New York August, mitigated only by poor Gerty’s presence, her worldly wisdom would have counselled her against such an act of abnegation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • He became a professor in Geneva (where there are no demonstrations), and in a burst of abnegation (in womanless, paradeless solitude) he published several scholarly books, all of which received considerable acclaim.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • So that all the while, and not unlike her brother Clyde, her thoughts as well as her emotions were wandering here and there—to love, to comfort—to things which in the main had little, if anything, to do with any self-abnegating and self-immolating religious theory.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Envy, jealousy, abnegation, equanimity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He was a picture of abnegation.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • That was the leading motive, the divinely spiritual one; but there were other motives, which, like tentacles, aided in drawing her will to the acceptance of a possible abnegation.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • In Europe the principle of interest is much grosser than it is in America, but at the same time it is less common, and especially it is less avowed; amongst us, men still constantly feign great abnegation which they no longer feel.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • But the weary hours of abnegation to this physical torture at least held one consoling recompense as compared with her experience of last year, and it was that there was no one interested to watch for her weaknesses and failures and blunders.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • This abnegation of his own opinion, and this implicit deference to the opinion of his forefathers, which are common to the English and American lawyer, this subjection of thought which he is obliged to profess, necessarily give him more timid habits and more sluggish inclinations in England and America than in France.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • At the moment, however, their current discussion consumed his total attention, because Naphta now went on to discuss in caustic fashion the general biases that induced humanists to honor health on principle and dishonor and belittle sickness whenever possible—a position, however, that revealed a remarkable and almost praiseworthy self-abnegation on Herr Settembrini’s part, since he was himself ill.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • …their bare shoulders, she herself having always been a wisp of a creature, with her thin hair and meagre profile; though now, past fifty, there was beginning to shine through some mild beam, something purified into distinction by years of self-abnegation but obscured again, perpetually, by her distressing gentility, her panic fear, which arose from three hundred pounds’ income, and her weaponless state (she could not earn a penny) and it made her timid, and more and more disqualified…
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • I was Abnegation.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • But she must hide that beauty in Abnegation.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Instead of embracing him, she just touches his shoulders, like she remembers the Abnegation’s distaste for casual physical contact.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • If he wasn’t Abnegation, I’m sure the girls at school would stare at him.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • She is referring to the group of Abnegation who were with my father and Marcus in the safe house.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Five years ago, volunteer construction workers from Abnegation repaved some of the roads.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Johanna takes us to the cafeteria, where we find some of the Abnegation who were in the safe house with Caleb and my father.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Candor values honesty, but our faction, Abnegation, values selflessness.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I could tell him I’ve been worried for weeks about what the aptitude test will tell me—Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity, or Dauntless?
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • At the Abnegation table, we sit quietly and wait.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • An Abnegation volunteer speaks the next round of names.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Two from Dauntless, two from Erudite, two from Amity, two from Candor, and then: "From Abnegation: Susan Black and Beatrice Prior."
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "Never met a curious Abnegation before," she says, raising her eyebrows at me.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • My curiosity is a mistake, a betrayal of Abnegation values.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Not an Abnegation-oriented response.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • My conclusion," she explains, "is that you display equal aptitude for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
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Associated words [difficulty]:   abnegate [5] , abdicate [6] , abdicate [6] , abrogate [7]
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