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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-abnegation renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-abnegation Self-denial; self-renunciation; self-sacrifice.
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In literature:

It is true; but there is a moral limit to the value of self-abnegation.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
I did him the simple justice to believe that his self-abnegation was sincere.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, November 28, 1891" by Various
We look at the rise of Christianity, and conceive it as a rise of self-abnegation and almost of pessimism.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
But this attitude of self-abnegation was pushed very far by him, and perhaps too far.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
He possessed all the Teutonic capacity for self-abnegation in the presence of the power it is necessary to woo.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Goethe, moreover, again like Shelley and the French, broke with all ideals of mere self-abnegation.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
An inner pressure led him to choose a life of self-abnegation and rectitude.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
Much of his success was due to his earnestness and self-abnegation.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
The Chinese, who knew everything beforehand, are perfect in self-abnegation of manner.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
In whom self-abnegation was the underlying principle of all daily doing.
"Faith Gartney's Girlhood" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Religion has taught the abnegation of self; science is first to teach the humiliation of the race.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
No sackcloth so mortifies the body as this life of perpetual self-abnegation mortifies the will.
"The Priestly Vocation" by Bishop Bernard Ward
However, when the mother positively refused to accept of this act of self-abnegation, I can not say that he regretted it.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 1. No 1, June 1850" by Various
I hope you will duly appreciate my self-abnegation.
"Fickle Fortune" by Elisabeth Burstenbinder (AKA E. Werner)
With unwonted self-abnegation, he laid siege to the citadel of her heart.
"Baron Bruno" by Louisa Morgan
No woman ever had a more perfect abnegation of self than Mrs. Barbara Croyland, in all things of great importance.
"The Smuggler: (Vol's I-III)" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford James
This is the lasting truth in the conception of self-abnegation, self-forgetfulness, disinterested interest.
"Ethics" by John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
Beauty that brought an utter abnegation of Self.
"King-Errant" by Flora Annie Steel
There was no "Rome" capable of "self-abnegation" and susceptible of "reward.
"The Evolution of States" by J. M. Robertson
Women, if I understand them, are full of self-abnegation, and live through multitudes of self-sacrifices.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest

In news:

Self-abnegation — self AB-nee-GAY-shun — the degradation of oneself.