Definition of abnegation in English:

abnegation

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action of renouncing or rejecting something.

    ‘abnegation of political power’
    • ‘Given that the abnegation of the ego is enjoined by almost every spiritual tradition, this becomes relevant across the spectrum of faiths.’
    • ‘Though this has been portrayed as genuine consultation, in fact the lack of any real, driving ideas about educational reform is an abnegation of political responsibility.’
    • ‘It seems to a bemused outsider at times as if the country must have its own cultural variant of masochistic puritanism, a collective desire for the penitential abnegation of prosperity and all its works.’
    • ‘This has nothing whatsoever to do with submission or with abnegation.’
    • ‘While Alice's suicide may be seen as an act of emotional weakness or an act of familial abnegation, it is not.’
    • ‘Moreover, Llewellyn's almost complete abnegation of issues of style, iconography, authorship, or artistic quality results in a rather restricted view of the monuments as mere historical objects, as products of an industry.’
    • ‘Kiarostami's strict two-camera-position approach is a very striking abnegation of the director's normal freedoms.’
    • ‘Professor Haroon Mustafa Leon elaborates: ‘one of the glories of Islam is that it is founded on reason, and that it never demands from its followers an abnegation of that important mental faculty.’’
    • ‘Judging School Discipline casts a backward glance at the roots of this dilemma to show how a laudable concern for civil liberties forty years ago has resulted in oppressive abnegation of adult responsibility now.’
    • ‘What is more surprising, and indeed an abnegation of the responsibilities of leadership, is when politicians - local and national - are prepared to ignore the evidence and meekly go along with the unreasonable demands of the industry.’
    • ‘However, the industry's subsequent abnegation of customer care really gets Davies' blood boiling.’
    • ‘But it suggests an abnegation of responsibility; after all, serial killers often think they're doing God's work too.’
    • ‘The third story was the most autobiographical one, built in part around my own struggles with my family and their abnegation of any feeling of responsibility.’
    • ‘It is a film that valorizes the abnegation of moral responsibility, and the poise and precision of its craft draws us into a willing suspension of our instinctive sense of what is life-affirming and good.’
    • ‘Do NOT allow a few sundry Lieutenant-Colonels or Grade Five public servants alone swing for this shameful abnegation of Ministerial responsibility.’
    • ‘This abnegation would help explain his supposed artistic decline.’
    • ‘It is part of the abnegation of learning and the senseless worship of youth that now distort our values.’
    • ‘It is frustrating to witness the abnegation of human rights on such a foolish cause.’
    • ‘Will the discursive spaces within the left be divided into radical, semi-radical, not-so radical, etc. depending on abnegation of one's own particularism?’
    • ‘These acted as a justification both for abnegation by government and for the informal and non-legal manner in which the Bank has purported to police bank behaviour.’
    renunciation, rejection, refusal, abandonment, abdication, surrender, giving up, relinquishment, abjuration, repudiation, denial, eschewal, disavowal, casting aside
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    1. 1.1Self-denial.
      ‘people are capable of abnegation and unselfishness’
      • ‘These privileges were the reward for the abnegation and servility demanded of Party functionaries.’
      • ‘And the critic Ba'al Makhshoves goes one step further, ascribing some familiar elements of the Jewish sense of humour to the stetl life of holy abnegation.’
      • ‘I would like to think that by now I am free, but though I have a lot of positive emotion associated with my sexuality, I believe I will never escape fully from the abnegation.’
      • ‘In his obituary, The Times recorded that ‘Wittgenstein showed the characteristics of a religious contemplative of the hermit type’, and referred to his extreme abnegation and retirement.’
      • ‘In isolation, Joan's virginity could signify an abnegation furthering spirituality-a rejection of the worldly in favor of the otherworldly, as in the assertions of nuns and virgin martyrs that their spouse is Christ.’
      • ‘Raw eggs being the only foodstuff she would consume while suffering the throes of religious abnegation.’
      • ‘There is both a politics and a delight in this, and both are contingent on abnegation.’
      • ‘Known as Sufi (literal meaning - wool, as in ascetics who wore woolen garments), they opted for solitude and abnegation, renouncing physical comforts.’
      • ‘Many critics, theorists, and philosophers have phlegmatically resigned themselves to this space of abnegation.’
      • ‘He has asked in our act of faith an abnegation analogous to that of his Son.’
      • ‘Instead, it surely refers to a state of total stillness and even abnegation, an ideal that religious adepts of all disciplines have long aspired to.’
      • ‘Sin is the estrangement between God and humans instigated by human defiance or abnegation.’
      • ‘Built using a surprising array of materials and techniques, each dress focuses on primal elements of human nature - the soul, memory, seduction, abnegation.’
      • ‘The Church could become the Church, in his view, only if it, too, made the self-referential gesture of abnegation.’
      • ‘As many Catholics and Anglicans take a trip to church to receive their ashes as a sign of repentance, a growing number of other Christian faiths reject the 40-day season of abnegation and fasting in favour of year-round righteousness.’
      • ‘At this point in the play, folk culture of Lenten abnegation and christening joy collides with mannered personal interaction and judgmental asperity.’
      • ‘You lose yourself in it so much you find yourself creating scenarios to fit the songs from your own experiences, you alter the past and indulge in power fantasies of abnegation and collapse.’
      • ‘The same holds for those particular settings where abnegation and impersonality are required.’

Origin

Middle English: from Latin abnegatio(n-), from the verb abnegare (see abnegate).

Pronunciation:

abnegation

/abnɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/