Definition of self-surrender in US English:



  • The surrender of oneself or one's will to an external influence, an emotion, or another person.

    ‘it is only in our self-surrender that we are truly blessed’
    • ‘Through forty-five songs interspersed with dialogue and scriptural verses, the play emphasized the Saint's complete devotional self-surrender.’
    • ‘For Mother Teresa, each step was God's next step in the long self-surrender that marked her whole life.’
    • ‘It has shown itself unable to pass on the faith in its integrity and is inadequate, therefore, in fostering the joyful self-surrender called for in Christian marriage, in consecrated life, in ordained priesthood.’
    • ‘We may even try to preoccupy ourselves with devotions in a way that shields us from the need for active self-surrender.’
    • ‘He served him in a spirit of complete self-surrender.’
    • ‘Increasingly, these seem the desperate words of self-surrender and self-sacrifice.’
    • ‘All forms of dedication, devotion, loyalty and self-surrender are in essence a desperate clinging to something which might give worth and meaning to our futile, spoiled lives.’
    • ‘In practice it entails self-surrender, resignation to God's will, yielding to others, self-denial, contentment, and a quiet spirit.’