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- The denial or invalidation of one's own needs, interests, etc. for the sake of another's; the setting aside of self-interest.
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “In which Challenger Meets a Strange Colleague”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- You understand, of course, that it is only by serving and self-abnegation that we advance in the higher world."
- 1934, D. H. Lawrence, “The Old Adam”, in Keith Sagar, editor, The Mortal Coil and Other Stories, Penguin, published 1971, pages 84–85:
- She must no longer allow herself to hope for anything for herself. The rest of her life must be spent in self-abnegation: she must seek for no sympathy, must ask for no grace in love, no grace and harmony in living. Henceforward, as far as her own desires went, she was dead.
- (countable) An act of self-denial.
- 1989, John Updike, “Fast Art”, in Alan R. Pratt, editor, The Critical Response to Andy Warhol, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, published 1997, page 196:
- In one of his first self-abnegations he [Andy Warhol] induced her [his mother] to sign his works, and write his captions, in her own clumsy but clear handwriting.