Definition of abnegation in English:

abnegation

Line breaks: ab|ne¦ga¦tion
Pronunciation: /abnɪˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The action of renouncing or rejecting something: abnegation of political power
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Self-denial: people are capable of abnegation and unselfishness
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

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