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See also: abnégation



First attested before 1398. From Middle English abnegacioun, borrowed from Late Latin abnegātiō, from abnegō (refuse, deny), from ab (off) + negō (deny; refuse, say no). Compare French abnégation.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæbnɪˈɡeɪʃən/, /ˌæbnəˈɡeɪʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


abnegation (countable and uncountable, plural abnegations)

  1. A denial; a renunciation; denial of desire or self-interest. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    Synonyms: repudiation, self-denial, denial, renunciation
    • 1558, John Knox, Letter to the Queen Dowager:
      With abnegation of God, of his honor, and of religion, they may retain the friendship of the court.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, in The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      Tony's face expressed relief, and Nettie sat silent for a moment until the vicar said “It was a generous impulse, but it may have been a momentary one, while in the case of monk and crusader there must have been a sustaining purpose, and possibly a great abnegation, a leaving of lands and possessions.”

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  1. ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abnegation”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6.



abnegation (plural abnegationes)

  1. abnegation