abnegation

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EtymologyEdit

First attested before 1398. From abnegacioun Late Latin abnegātiō, from abnegō (refuse, deny), from ab (off) + negō (deny; refuse, say no). Compare French abnégation.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.nɪˈɡɘɪ.ʃn̩/, /ˈæb.niˈɡɘɪ.ʃn̩/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

NounEdit

abnegation (plural abnegations)

  1. A denial; a renunciation; denial of desire or self-interest. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • 1558, John Knox, Letter to the Queen Dowager:
      With abnegation of God, of his honor, and of religion, they may retain the friendship of the court.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      Tony's face expressed relief, and Nettie sat silent for a moment until the vicar said “It was a generous impulse, but it may have been a momentary one, while in the case of monk and crusader there must have been a sustaining purpose, and possibly a great abnegation, a leaving of lands and possessions.”

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  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 6

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abnegation (plural abnegationes)

  1. abnegation
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