verb[with object] • formal
- Renounce or reject (something desired or valuable): he attempts to abnegate personal responsibilityMore example sentences
- Greeks like Aristotle, who opposed atomism, equated it with a blind desire to abnegate the governance of Nature in favour of pure chance.
- In passages such as these, his most distinctive, Thackeray comes perilously near abnegating his responsibility as a human being, let alone as a moralist or satirist.
- He is undermining the suffering of victims and abnegating his responsibility as the leader of this country's Catholics.
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- Are they perverted abnegators who, due to emotional deficit, are unable to experience the full affect of soul/pop/classical music?
- Prominent among the ‘peacemakers’ are the Pacifists; these people are the ultimate abnegators of responsibility, they surrender power to absolutely anyone who threatens to abuse it.
early 17th century: from Latin abnegat- 'renounced', from the verb abnegare, from ab- 'away, off' + negare 'deny'.