Definition of abnegation in English:


Syllabification: ab·ne·ga·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌabniˈgāSHən


  • 1The act of renouncing or rejecting something: abnegation of political lawmaking power
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    • Though this has been portrayed as genuine consultation, in fact the lack of any real, driving ideas about educational reform is an abnegation of political responsibility.
    • Will the discursive spaces within the left be divided into radical, semi-radical, not-so radical, etc. depending on abnegation of one's own particularism?
    • It seems to a bemused outsider at times as if the country must have its own cultural variant of masochistic puritanism, a collective desire for the penitential abnegation of prosperity and all its works.
    renunciation, rejection, refusal, abandonment, abdication, surrender, relinquishment, repudiation, denial
    formal abjuration
  • 1.1Self-denial.
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    • There is both a politics and a delight in this, and both are contingent on abnegation.
    • Many critics, theorists, and philosophers have phlegmatically resigned themselves to this space of abnegation.
    • Built using a surprising array of materials and techniques, each dress focuses on primal elements of human nature - the soul, memory, seduction, abnegation.


Middle English: from Latin abnegatio(n-), from the verb abnegare (see abnegate).

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