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self-abnegation

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Pronunciation: /sɛlfˌabnɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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Definition of self-abnegation in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The denial or abasement of oneself: she turned the letter into a grovelling form of self-abnegation
More example sentences
  • Rather, Gandhi's environmentalism had its roots in a deep antipathy to urban civilization and a belief in self-sufficiency, in self-abnegation and denial rather than wasteful consumption.
  • The balance between self-abnegation and violent self-assertion, between masochism and sadism, between empowerment and domination is highly precarious in this relationship.
  • Submission to authority, self-abnegation and conformism had led the Japanese to disaster.

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