abnegate

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First attested in 1657.

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abnegate (third-person singular simple present abnegates, present participle abnegating, simple past and past participle abnegated)

  1. (transitive) To deny (oneself something); to renounce or give up (a right, a power, a claim, a privilege, a convenience). [First attested in the early 17th century.][2]
    • 1898 December 10, Asbell v. State, reported in The Pacific Reporter, volume 55, page 339:
      To compel a state, upon theories of doubtful statutory interpretation, to appear as defendant suitor in its own courts, and to litigate with private parties as to whether it had abnegated its sovereignty of exemption, would be intolerable.
    • 1875 January, Brownson's Quarterly Review, page 20:
      All ancient and modern histories of nations abnegate God.
  2. (transitive) To relinquish; to surrender; to abjure. [First attested in the mid 18th century.][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Christine A. Lindberg (editor), The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition (Spark Publishing, 2007 [2002], ISBN 978-1-4114-0500-4), page 3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6
  3. ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 [1998], ISBN 0550142304), page 3
  4. ^ {{R:MW3 1976|page=4}

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Verb[edit]

abnegāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of abnegō