Noun Abnegation Definition and Examples







The action of renouncing or rejecting something.
  1. 'Given that the abnegation of the ego is enjoined by almost every spiritual tradition, this becomes relevant across the spectrum of faiths.'
  2. 'While Alice's suicide may be seen as an act of emotional weakness or an act of familial abnegation, it is not.'
  3. 'Professor Haroon Mustafa Leon elaborates: ‘one of the glories of Islam is that it is founded on reason, and that it never demands from its followers an abnegation of that important mental faculty.’'
  4. 'This has nothing whatsoever to do with submission or with abnegation.'
  5. 'The third story was the most autobiographical one, built in part around my own struggles with my family and their abnegation of any feeling of responsibility.'
  6. 'Moreover, Llewellyn's almost complete abnegation of issues of style, iconography, authorship, or artistic quality results in a rather restricted view of the monuments as mere historical objects, as products of an industry.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'What is more surprising, and indeed an abnegation of the responsibilities of leadership, is when politicians - local and national - are prepared to ignore the evidence and meekly go along with the unreasonable demands of the industry.'
  9. 'Judging School Discipline casts a backward glance at the roots of this dilemma to show how a laudable concern for civil liberties forty years ago has resulted in oppressive abnegation of adult responsibility now.'
  10. 'But it suggests an abnegation of responsibility; after all, serial killers often think they're doing God's work too.'
  11. 'people are capable of abnegation and unselfishness'
  12. 'These privileges were the reward for the abnegation and servility demanded of Party functionaries.'
  13. 'There is both a politics and a delight in this, and both are contingent on abnegation.'
  14. 'As many Catholics and Anglicans take a trip to church to receive their ashes as a sign of repentance, a growing number of other Christian faiths reject the 40-day season of abnegation and fasting in favour of year-round righteousness.'
  15. 'He has asked in our act of faith an abnegation analogous to that of his Son.'
  16. 'Built using a surprising array of materials and techniques, each dress focuses on primal elements of human nature - the soul, memory, seduction, abnegation.'
  17. 'Instead, it surely refers to a state of total stillness and even abnegation, an ideal that religious adepts of all disciplines have long aspired to.'
  18. 'The Church could become the Church, in his view, only if it, too, made the self-referential gesture of abnegation.'
  19. 'And the critic Ba'al Makhshoves goes one step further, ascribing some familiar elements of the Jewish sense of humour to the stetl life of holy abnegation.'
  20. 'In isolation, Joan's virginity could signify an abnegation furthering spirituality-a rejection of the worldly in favor of the otherworldly, as in the assertions of nuns and virgin martyrs that their spouse is Christ.'
((n.) a denial; a renunciation.)


"democracies can be abnegated."
"selves can be abnegated."
"numbers can be abnegated."
"friends can be abnegated."
"forces can be abnegated."
"curiosities can be abnegated."
"acts can be abnegated."

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

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