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Definition to renounce or reject
The exact meaning of abnegate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "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
  • The monk practices self-abnegation.
abnegation = voluntarily giving something up (in this case, luxuries)
  • no one in Abnegation would be so selfish;
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • abnegation = the group of people that practice self-denial
  • Abnegation discourages anything done strictly for my own enjoyment,
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • abnegation = the group of people that practice self-denial
  • Envy, jealousy, abnegation, equanimity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • 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
  • But self-abnegation is the higher road.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • It was the furthest limit of self-abnegation, at least so he interpreted it.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He was a picture of abnegation.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • 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
  • Remorse .... abnegation ... self-sacrifice ... the desire for purification — all pressing upon her.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • But one doesn't abnegate by keeping one's self pure and proud of its own purity.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "Pain?" said his father, his rugged face shining in the ardour of self-abnegation.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • 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
  • 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
  • And, withal, a life of privation, isolation, abnegation, chastity, with never a diversion.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • 'That's very praiseworthy self-abnegation,' Pavel Petrovitch declared, drawing himself up, and throwing his head back.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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