Definition of abnegation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌæbnɪˈɡeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæbnɪˈɡeɪʃn//
[uncountable] (formal)
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the act of not allowing yourself to have something that you want; the act of rejecting something Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin abnegatio(n-), from the verb abnegare, from ab- ‘away, off’ + negare ‘deny’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: abnegation