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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n self-renunciation renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-renunciation The act of renouncing, or setting aside, one's own wishes, claims, etc.; self-sacrifice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-renunciation The act of renouncing one's own rights or claims; self-abnegation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-renunciation self-abnegation
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  • Simone Weil
    “A self-respecting nation is ready for anything, including war, except for a renunciation of its option to make war.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

Its popularity probably is due to the night scene and the spirit of self-renunciation.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
With the greatest renunciation of self he did penance so that all living creatures might be saved.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
Courage and self-renunciation have attained their height.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
Raising his voice, he invoked the fatherland's eternal gratitude for such loyalty and self-renunciation even unto death.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
Her life must have been an agony of self-renunciation, an eternal effort not to be.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
Here were the two qualities I required, with a renunciation of self without parade or profession.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
My lady replies with immense self-renunciation, like that of the blessed saints: 'Say nothing, my poor Louise.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
And it is needful to remark that this self-renunciation must be real.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St John, Vol. II" by Marcus Dods
Moderation and self-renunciation are necessary in all earthly concerns.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
And for whose benefit is unselfish self-renunciation recommended to you?
"The Ego and His Own" by Max Stirner
You are sublime in your self-renunciation.
"Too Rich" by Adolph Streckfuss
Doctor Judson's life of consecration, his self renunciation, can but influence the hearts of all who make it a study.
"Stories of Great Men" by Faye Huntington
He will have to learn the lesson of self-restraint and renunciation.
"Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley" by Thomas Henry Huxley
He ascended once more to the summit, and there prostrated himself in utter self-renunciation and self-effacement.
"The Moral Instruction of Children" by Felix Adler
The least act of pure self-renunciation hallows, for the moment, all within its sphere.
"Life Without and Life Within" by Margaret Fuller
There was something heroic to her in Thorold's silence and self-renunciation.
"Mollie's Prince" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
It seems to me utter self-renunciation.
"Missy" by Miriam Coles Harris
It lay in his own complete self-renunciation.
"The Life of Johannes Brahms (Vol 1 of 2)" by Florence May
On the way Jesus reinforced the new lesson of self-renunciation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various
Would he have won the world's admiration by his self-renunciation?
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes