Definition of self-denial in English:

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[mass noun]
The denial of one’s own interests and needs; self-sacrifice: the farm has been built up over the years by hard work and self-denial
More example sentences
  • Our vows are not of celibacy or self-denial, but of temperance and self-moderation.
  • No one denies self-denial and noble altruism are generative of a host of spiritual benefits.
  • A real person has to go through so much self-denial to fulfil this idealised image.
moderation, austerity, temperance, abstention, renunciation;
celibacy, chastity;
rare continence



Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfdɪˈnʌɪɪŋ/
Example sentences
  • The two figures, one highly individualised, dedicated to self-assertion and pleasure-seeking, the other ascetic and self-denying, are sharply contrasted.
  • The doctrine would only be followed by the prudent and self-denying.
  • Can a profit-driven, self-denying lawyer be a good lawyer?

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