abnegation

Part of speech: noun

The act of renouncing; renunciation.

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Usage examples "abnegation":

  1. Long enough has a man, who has already given proofs of devotion and abnegation in the important functions of the aedility of Paris, allowed these sheets to call him ambitious and self- seeking. - "The Lesser Bourgeoisie", Honore de Balzac.
  2. As to the " non- intervention" proposed, it meant merely the abnegation by Congress of its duty to protect the inhabitants of the Territories subject to its control. - "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)", Jefferson Davis.
  3. And he had kept up this life of toil and abnegation for years. - "Promenades of an Impressionist", James Huneker.