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Below you will find the definition of abnegation, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
EXAMPLES - Abnegation in a Sentence
- And unfortunately the New York Times and is a kind of moral abnegation. (source)
- The abnegation of responsibility by feckless parts of society is the sole cause of this situation. (source)
- It amounts to abnegation of one's human right to be angry when one's dignity is assaulted or denied. (source)
- In any case, the socialists who are at war with us certainly do not want to establish any religion of self-abnegation. (source)
- But JFK was always more realist than idealist, and self-abnegation wasn't really a key theme of his presidential debut. (source)
- In a heroic stroke of self-abnegation, conceptual artist Adam Good devised an exhibition that's not really an exhibition. (source)
- From hearty support of posters, to a confident put down, to thanks, to conciliatory gestures, to outright self-abnegation. (source)
- As Brown once put it: "The 12th rule is to let him in all things seek his greater mortification and continuing abnegation." (source)
- As Waldman points out: self-abnegation is key: if mom doesn't put the kids first, she loses big time in the good mother department. (source)
- One feels quite pierced with pity at reading those last eight words, indicative of perhaps some sort of masochism or self-abnegation. (source)
- The 'Europeanisation' of the United States that he bemoans refers to precipitous expansion of the state and the abnegation of liberty. (source)
- This may be called the abnegation theory, and its origin may be fairly explained by considering it as derived from the original gift theory. " (source)
- In fact, to them it's a complete abnegation of national security since surrender means there is no longer a nation for which to provide security. (source)
- She'd been a vegetarian once, a high school convert to a lifestyle that was for her as much about the distinctiveness of self-abnegation as anything else. (source)
- On the whole, beguilement by a teenage bad boy, however courtly his manner, doesn't lead to eternal love; nor is self-abnegation a reliable route to bliss. (source)
- In the 2008 election, that was the wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility that has sunk the nation into this morass. (source)
- The commoner by his breeding and from hisaltitude, plus aningrained sense of self abnegation and docility, never penetrates into the guist of empire and world domination. (source)
- Such self-abnegation might be the purpose of some forms of torture, as indeed it is of some forms of slavery and brainwashing, but it is certainly not definitive of torture. (source)
- Despites decades of pleas for consumer self-abnegation from environmentalists and others, consumption rates in America and around the world have been consistently on the rise. (source)
- Making it an IMF creditor would thrust it deeper into the political arena, in abnegation of the central bank's responsibilities as the independent guarantor of price stability. (source)
- She condemned as moral faults "the kind of timidity, conventionality and wilful self-abnegation that may spoil no one's life but one's own", advocating "hope and a readiness to accept good things". (source)
- I have my own, frequently voiced criticisms of the BBC: most especially, its abnegation of cultural responsibility on its main television channels (something that's only just starting to be addressed). (source)
- One of the many who disagreed with such self-abnegation was Cartier-Bresson himself, who went out of his way to tell Ms. Phillips, as she was preparing the retrospective, how much he admired Levitt's pictures. (source)
- In fact, in his 2007 book, Positively American, Mr. Schumer outlined a governing philosophy fixated on middle-class issues, an attempt to shift the underlying justification for liberalism from abnegation to self-interest. (source)
- She has therefore an opportunity for exercising in behalf of her dog that beautiful self-abnegation which is said to be a part of woman's nature, impelling her always to prefer that her laurels should be worn by somebody else. (source)
- In his second volume of ingenious satiric fantasies, a pair of hired cave dwellers in a theme park bicker, and the talking corpse of an old woman who's led a life of self-abnegation advises a struggling male stripper to show his "unit." (source)
- -- Tell me, Heaven! where now is justice when the holiest gift, when genius and its immortality, come not as a reward for fervent love, for abnegation, prayer and dogged labor -- but light its radiance in the head of folly, of idle wantonness? (source)
- Gravely they attend movie openings, cornerstone layings, gravely sit at the head of the table at the long dinners in honor of the cinema great, Douglas making graceful speeches, Mary conducting herself with the self-abnegation of Queen Mary of Britain .... (source)
- Denial (also called abnegation) is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. " (source)
- If, however, we include in the term morality the transitory display of certain qualities such as abnegation, self-sacrifice, disinterestedness, devotion, and the need of equity, we may say, on the contrary, that crowds may exhibit at times a very lofty morality. (source)
- Perhaps it's just a case of wishful nostalgia, but it seems to us that before the rise of Fox News, Rovian manipulation and the abnegation by certain people of fact-based reality, there was some sort of agreed-upon truth that was adjudicated daily by the mainstream media. (source)
- It was thus in 1984, when father figure Frank Wells performed an amazing act of self-abnegation and turned down the job of running Disney for its new controlling owners and instead suggested that the job go to the then 42-year-old Eisner, who had been president of Paramount. (source)
- In these enthusiasts we shall find striking examples of one of the morbid forces of human nature; yet in candor let us do honor to what was genuine in them, -- that principle of self-abnegation which is the life of true religion, and which is vital no less to the highest forms of heroism. (source)
- Resolve that we will caution the faithful not to accept clergy-designated "just wars", nor clergy's abnegation of leadership in calling for elected officials to be bound by the moral and pacific precepts of their religions, religions that place quality of life over the accumulation of money. (source)
- I believe that equality of rights would abate the exaggerated self-abnegation which is the present artificial ideal of feminine character, and that a good woman would not be more self-sacrificing than the best man: but on the other hand, men would be much more unselfish and self-sacrificing than at present, because they would no longer be taught to worship their own will as such a grand thing that it is actually the law for another rational being. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 39.0, which suggests that "abnegation" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 15 synonyms for abnegation.
abandonment, abstinence, eschewal, forbearance, giving up, nixing, refusal, rejection, relinquishment, renunciation, sacrifice, self-denial, stonewall, surrender, temperance
We have 11 antonyms for abnegation.
acquiescence, admittance, allowance, approval, excess, indulgence, intemperance, sanction, self-indulgence, surrender, yielding
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of abnegation from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Self-denial.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) a denial; a renunciation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The act of abnegating; a renunciation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
- (noun) the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief