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abnegate
used in Allegiant

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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
  • I was Abnegation.
    p. 14.2
  • But Edith is an Abnegation name, and my father's relatives must have been Erudite, so ...."
    p. 1.9
  • I learned that habit from her—I used to chew my skin raw as I waited for my father to come home, unsure which version of him I would encounter, the one the Abnegation trusted and revered, or the one whose hands struck me.
    p. 19.8
  • It's easy for me to lie to everyone else, but it's more difficult to lie to her, the only person who knew all the secrets of our Abnegation house, the violence contained within its walls.
    p. 21.2
  • For a moment I see her in Abnegation gray, her thick hair bound back with a dozen pins, sitting across the dinner table from me.
    p. 22.5
  • I wonder what the Abnegation treat would have been, if they had one.
    p. 30.7
  • I drop the sledgehammer next to the dented bowl and kneel beside Edward, Abnegation stones digging into my kneecaps.
    p. 37.8
  • He wears all black, but I can see a hint of Abnegation gray peeking over the collar of his sweatshirt.
    p. 55.8
  • It's strange to see my Dauntless friends in Abnegation colors, as if they've been with me my entire life.
    p. 55.9
  • Now I have met the men and women who operate them, and some of that mystery is gone, but what they mean to me will never be gone—my first act as a Dauntless was to jump on one, and every day afterward they were the source of my freedom, they gave me the power to move within this world when I had once felt so trapped in the Abnegation sector, in the house that was a prison to me.
    p. 83.8
  • "There's the Abnegation sector."
    p. 87.4
  • She made me think, for the first time, that I could leave Abnegation—that I had to.
    p. 99.3
  • The patrols were structured so that the trucks would run out of gas if they went too far, a delicate system of checks and balances that preserved our safety and theirs—and, I now realize, the secret the Abnegation kept.
    p. 99.8
  • "And Abnegation's resets memory."
    p. 100.1
  • The Amity are charged with administering the Abnegation serum to anyone who goes out past the limit, just enough to make them forget the experience.
    p. 100.3
  • The walls on either side of us gradually disappear as the land flattens out, and I see buildings everywhere, some small, like the Abnegation houses, and some wide, like city buildings turned on their sides.
    p. 110.2
  • And he's right to say that every faction loses something when it gains a virtue: the Dauntless, brave but cruel; the Erudite, intelligent but vain; the Amity, peaceful but passive; the Candor, honest but inconsiderate; the Abnegation, selfless but stifling.
    p. 123.5
  • We didn't expect the leader of Erudite to start hunting them down—or for the Abnegation to even tell her what they were—and contrary to what Edith Prior said, we never really intended for you to send a Divergent army out to us.
    p. 126.6
  • I think of my father, a born Erudite, not Divergent; a man who could not help but be smart. choosing Abnegation, engaging in a lifelong struggle against his own nature, and ultimately fulfilling it.
    p. 127.9
  • You mean, with the Abnegation serum.
    p. 141.7
  • "We call it 'memory serum,' since it doesn't technically just belong to the Abnegation, but yeah.
    p. 141.8
  • He was an Abnegation leader, after all, and as such, one of the keepers of the truth.
    p. 154.8
  • Abnegation children rarely know their parents in any significant way, because Abnegation parents never reveal themselves the way other parents do when their children grow to a particular age.
    p. 159.8
  • Abnegation children rarely know their parents in any significant way, because Abnegation parents never reveal themselves the way other parents do when their children grow to a particular age.
    p. 159.8
  • All around us, the others are noticing George by the door and going quiet, the same kind of quiet you hear at an Abnegation funeral.
    p. 162.8
  • Only they didn't do much with the memory serum—the Abnegation serum.
    p. 167.6
  • This is not the person who the city knows as my father—the patient, calm leader of Abnegation who would never hurt anyone, least of all his own son or wife.
    p. 199.5
  • The Abnegation do not allow divorce.
    p. 200.2
  • What happened to make her join Abnegation instead?
    p. 206.8
  • So tomorrow, at the Choosing Ceremony, Andrew and I are going to choose Abnegation together.
    p. 208.3
  • Andrew and I are going to choose Abnegation together.
    p. 208.5
  • Let's get this straight: I'm not going to forget why I'm here just because I chose Abnegation and I'm going to get married.
    p. 210.1
  • He told me that Evelyn gave it to him when he was young, and instructed him to hide it from his father, who wouldn't approve of a useless-but-beautiful object, Abnegation that he was.
    p. 213.0
  • I didn't think much of it at the time, but it must mean something to her, if she carried it all the way from the Abnegation sector to Erudite headquarters to keep on her bedside table.
    p. 213.2
  • "I'm reading her journal, and I guess I'm having a hard time figuring out how they even met, or why they joined Abnegation together."
    p. 214.0
  • "Your father wanted out of Erudite, and your mother didn't want in, no matter what her mission was—but she still wanted to be near Andrew, so they chose Abnegation together."
    p. 216.2
  • But she was still able to carry out her mission in Abnegation.
    p. 216.5
  • Of course, Abnegation turned out to be no better, in some ways.
    p. 216.6
  • Even the Abnegation leadership was poisoned by it.
    p. 216.7
  • "To the Abnegation, power should only be given to people who don't want it."
    p. 218.9
  • I think of how he disguised that part of himself, wedging books between his headboard and the wall in our Abnegation house, until he dropped his blood in the Erudite water on the day of our Choosing Ceremony.
    p. 222.7
  • I may have lived on Abnegation bread and vegetables for most of my life, with nothing to spare, but I was never that desperate.
    p. 226.5
  • "Would we have chosen the same factions we did if Mom and Dad hadn't chosen Abnegation?"
    p. 227.1
  • Even though she took an Abnegation name?
    p. 227.7
  • There were a few Abnegation outliers, and one or two Candor, but the through line is fairly consistent.
    p. 227.8
  • I stopped cutting it like the Abnegation when I wanted the Dauntless to see me as a potential leader, but I miss the ritual of the old way, the buzz of the clippers and the careful movements of my hands, knowing more by touch than by sight.
    p. 231.5
  • When I was young, my father used to do it, in the hallway on the top floor of our Abnegation house.
    p. 231.7
  • It's not hard for me to believe that the Bureau would do bad things, because every government I've ever known has done bad things, even the Abnegation oligarchy, of which my father was the head.
    p. 236.3
  • "When the Abnegation wanted to reveal the great truth of their world sooner than they were supposed to," she says slowly, "and Jeanine wanted to stifle them .... the Bureau was all too happy to provide her with an incredibly advanced simulation serum—the attack simulation that enslaved the minds of the Dauntless, that resulted in the destruction of Abnegation."
    p. 265.2
  • "When the Abnegation wanted to reveal the great truth of their world sooner than they were supposed to," she says slowly, "and Jeanine wanted to stifle them .... the Bureau was all too happy to provide her with an incredibly advanced simulation serum—the attack simulation that enslaved the minds of the Dauntless, that resulted in the destruction of Abnegation."
    p. 265.5
  • Jeanine told me that the highest proportion of Divergent—the genetically pure—in any faction was in Abnegation.
    p. 265.6
  • The highest proportion of Divergent was among the factionless, not Abnegation.
    p. 265.9
  • Abnegation was about to reveal the truth to everyone inside the city.
    p. 268.2
  • "So a few months ago, when the Abnegation were on the verge of causing that destruction and instability by revealing Edith Prior's video to your city, the Bureau probably thought, better that the Abnegation should suffer a great loss—even at the expense of several Divergent—than the whole city suffer a great loss.
    p. 268.5
  • "So a few months ago, when the Abnegation were on the verge of causing that destruction and instability by revealing Edith Prior's video to your city, the Bureau probably thought, better that the Abnegation should suffer a great loss—even at the expense of several Divergent—than the whole city suffer a great loss.
    p. 268.7
  • Better to end the lives of the Abnegation than to risk the experiment.
    p. 268.8
  • Abnegation's quiet, their community, their routine, always seemed good to me.
    p. 269.1
  • Worse than killing most of the Abnegation?
    p. 269.6
  • "With the Abnegation memory serum," Reggie says.
    p. 269.9
  • I see Abnegation bodies and Erudite bodies sprawled over streets and staircases.
    p. 281.9
  • You know what the Abnegation used to say about pride?
    p. 308.7
  • His hair, cropped close to his skull in the Abnegation style, does not help this impression.
    p. 312.3
  • Not even in Abnegation.
    p. 313.1
  • I thought he might shift from the self-effacing Abnegation leader to the nightmare I knew at home, that he might lash out and reveal himself for who he is.
    p. 313.5
  • I was an Abnegation leader.
    p. 314.9
  • I am the official leader of this compound, but apart from that, we have a similar system of governance to the Abnegation, so I am advised by a small group of councilors.
    p. 322.9
  • These people are still responsible for the deaths of most of the Abnegation and the mental enslavement of the Dauntless and the utter destruction of our way of life, and something has to be done about them.
    p. 333.7
  • "So, we know that these people are responsible for the attack on Abnegation, and that they can't be trusted to safeguard our city any longer.
    p. 336.3
  • I am beginning to understand why my mother joined Abnegation when she was supposed to join Erudite.
    p. 348.4
  • As much automatic, Abnegation-bred sympathy as I have for the people living in this place, I am also afraid of them.
    p. 349.1
  • "It's the Abnegation in you," Amar says.
    p. 354.4
  • Abnegation produces deeply serious people.
    p. 354.5
  • And Abnegation who switch to Dauntless become ....
    p. 354.7
  • Maybe it wasn't a fulfillment of her duty as an Abnegation—maybe it came from a desire to help people like the ones she had left.
    p. 355.6
  • Every part of the city shows up on the screen, the bridge near the Merciless Mart and the Pire and the main thoroughfare of the Abnegation sector, the Hub and the Ferris wheel and the Amity fields, now worked by all the factions.
    p. 360.5
  • I thought about my parents, who argued more often than any other Abnegation parents I knew, who nonetheless went through each day together until they died.
    p. 371.9
  • "It's not about what they did to the Abnegation.
    p. 408.2
  • That is the way an Erudite mind works, and the way an Abnegation mind works, but I am not sure if they are the minds we need right now.
    p. 408.6
  • "The Abnegation have teachings about this, you know," he says.
    p. 412.7
  • I cross the room and retrieve our guns from the counter, but itching at the back of my mind is what Tobias said yesterday—that the Abnegation say you should only let someone sacrifice himself for you if it's the ultimate way for them to show they love you.
    p. 448.4
  • I don't belong to Abnegation, or Dauntless, or even the Divergent.
    p. 455.1
  • I recognize her, but not from a factionless warehouse—from the Abnegation sector.
    p. 460.9
  • I've never known an Abnegation to pick up a weapon.
    p. 461.6
  • Abnegation was just as broken as the other factions, but its evils were less obvious, cloaked as they were in the guise of selflessness.
    p. 461.8
  • She is dressed in the same clothes she wore the last time I saw her, Abnegation gray, stained with her blood, with bare arms to show her tattoo.
    p. 475.0
  • I saw her in the hallways at school, and at my mother's false funeral, and walking the sidewalks in the Abnegation sector.
    p. 492.5
  • The Abnegation react to death with silence and service, not words.
    p. 501.3
  • The truck crushes dying grass and snow beneath its tires, and soon the ground turns to the pavement in the Abnegation sector, and I barely feel the passage of time.
    p. 502.7
  • Anger stampedes through me, hot and lively, and the muffled feeling around my ears falls away, making even this quiet Abnegation street sound loud.
    p. 506.1
  • I was young, but not too young to realize that it was a forbidden object in the Abnegation faction, a useless and therefore a self-indulgent one.
    p. 514.3
  • For years it was a symbol of my quiet defiance, my small refusal to be an obedient, deferent Abnegation child, and a symbol of my mother's defiance too, even though I believed she was dead.
    p. 514.6
  • I hid it under my bed, and the day I decided to leave Abnegation, I put it on my desk so my father could see it, see my strength, and hers.
    p. 514.7
  • I've had enough violence to last me a lifetime, and I bear it still, not in scars on my skin but in the memories that rise up in my mind when I least want them to, my father's fist colliding with my jaw, my gun raised to execute Eric, the Abnegation bodies sprawled across the streets of my old home.
    p. 520.0

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