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Definition of the noun abnegation

What does abnegation mean as a name of something?

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 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 previewA Dictionary of Synonymical Terms of the English Language (1850)

by James Rawson

ABNEGATION. — Denial, renunciation, self-denial. To ABRIDGE. — Abbreviate, curtail, reduce, shorten, contract, compress, condense, lessen, diminish, deprive. ABNEGATE.— See Abnegation and Abolish. ABRUPT. — Rugged, rough, steep ...

Google previewDictionary of the Yoruba Language (1913)

denial ; abnegation. Isera-eni, n. self-abnegation. lsele, n. earthquake. Isi, n. a new thing invented or created ; a memorable time. Isimi, n. rest ; pause ; cessation from work ; sabbath. Qjp- isimi, Sunday. Isin. n. service ; the aot of serving ...

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 previewA comprehensive dictionary of English synonymes (1835)

by William Carpenter

Abnegation — denial, renunciation. To Abridge — abbreviate, curtail, shorten, reduce, compress, contract, condense, epitomise. Abnegate. See Abnegation and Abolish.

Google previewAn English-Konkani Pronouncing Pocket Dictionary (1930)

by J. M. Pinto

[ABNEGATION А. аNv. in [,. Poileni acxer. Aback, e-oЛ'. Adv. Patti;thot- tacon. Abandon, n-lwr'-ddon, v. Sod- dunc ; sunddunc ; vntter "rahinc. Abandoned, fl-bun'-iion,M. P. A. Sanddlola; niradari. Abandonment, n-ban'-ddon- ...

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

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

Historically abnegation is scarcely distinguishable ...

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


Google previewA Compleat English Dictionary (1771)

Oder Vollständiges Englisch-deutsches Wörterbuch, Anfänglich Von Nathan Bailey Herausgegeben; Jetzt Aber Fast Ganz Umgearbeitet, Vermehret und Verbessert Von Anton Ernst Klausing, ... by Nathan Bailey

Abnegation, ( äbnigäsch'n) abnegation, abnegatio, die Verläugnung, Entsagung, Absagung. + Abnodation, (äbnodäsch'n) laotou de monder les arbres, abnodatio, das Behauen ...

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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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