What does the word abnegation mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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) by Jefferson Davis
  3. And he had kept up this life of toil and abnegation for years. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker