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Definition of the noun abnegation

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noun - plural: abnegations

  1. the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief
    • example: abnegation of the Holy Trinity
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: denial = the act of refusing to comply
  2. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others

Alternative definition of the noun abnegation


  1. A denial; a renunciation.

Definition of the noun abnegation for high school students

    denial of comfort to oneself
    • example: The holy man slept on the floor, took only cold showers, and generally followed other practices of abnegation.

The noun abnegation is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abnegation

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Google previewThe Tempest (1999)

Third Series by William Shakespeare, Virginia Mason Vaughan, Alden T. Vaughan

And the purest abnegation is that which denies in the present, not merely resounding applause and the reward of the laurel, but even the moral voluptuousness ofsatisfaction in a job well done. There were in antiquity altars for the 'unknown ...

Google previewThe Life of the Vows (2012)

Initiation into the Monastic Tradition by Thomas Merton

Real abnegation means giving up the search for that inner glow of self- satisfaction and contentment with self (but accepting it gladly when it comes of itself, from the hands of God), especially giving up the self-satisfaction that is the reflection of ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words by Merriam-Webster, Inc

Historically abnegation is scarcely distinguishable ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1898)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

Under some forms of the statute it is held that there is no desertion unless there is an abnegation of all marital duties.1 The weight of authority, however, is that the performance of one or more duties during the separation of the parties does not ...

Google previewThe Pocket Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus (2006)

by Elizabeth Jewell

SYNONYM STUDY: abstinence ABNEGATION, ABSTEMIOUSNESS, CONTINENCE, FORBEARANCE, MODERATION, TEMPERANCE. Abstinence implies voluntary self-denial and is usually associated with the non-indulgence of an appetite ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions (1889)

Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology by Richard Soule

relinquishment, rejection, abandonment, abnegation. 2. Recantalion, retraction, revocation, repeal, reversal, recall. Abjnre, v. a. 1. ltenuunce (upon oath), relin ulsh, forego, reject, forswear aläau on, ABNEGATE, give ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning ... (1789)

To which is Prefixed a Prosodial Grammar by Thomas Sheridan

ABNEGATION, zib-ne-gfd-shhn. s. Denial, renunciarion. ABOARD, A-bUrd. -ad. In a ship. ABODE, a-'b6'de. s. Habitazion, 'ABO dwelling, place of residence ; stay , continuation in a place. ABODEMEN T, a- bode-ment. s. A fecret anticipation of ...

Google previewA Comprehensive Dictionary of English Synonymes (1842)

by William Carpenter

Abnegation — denial, renunciation. Abnegate. See Abnegation and Abolish. Abode — residence, dwelling, habitation, domicile. Abolish — abrogate, annul, repeal, cancel, revoke, destroy, annihilate. To Abridge — abbreviate, curtail, shorten, ...

Google previewA Compleat English Dictionary Oder Vollständig Englisch-Deutsches Wörterbuch, Anfänglich Von --- Hrsg. U. Verb. Von Anton Ernst Klausing. Etc. 4. Aufl (1771)

ausspannen, Abnegation, (äbnigäsch'n) abnegation, ababspannen, s to Unyoke.

Google previewA Dictionary of Human Instincts (2001)

by Nils Oeijord

areablaze instinct abnegation, abnegation instinct abnormal, abnormal instincts (e.g. phobias, philias, manias, perversities, mental disorders) above, tobeabove(doing)something instinct above, tobeabovesomeone (be ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)


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Scrabble value of A1B3N1E1G2A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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