American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give up (rights or a claim, for example); renounce.
- v. To deny (something) to oneself: The minister abnegated the luxuries of life.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deny (anything) to one's self; renounce; give up or surrender.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To deny and reject; to abjure.
- v. deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
- v. deny or renounce
- v. surrender (power or a position)
- Latin abnegāre, abnegāt-, to refuse : ab-, away; see ab-1 + negāre, to deny; see ne in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As we call on science to explain, elaborate, and justify issues in civil and personal life, we need to be careful that we don't abnegate our responsibility to monitor the effects of this intervention.”
“He was instead enthusiastic about the opportunity to obey and self-abnegate by using it.”
“McCain's "preparation" is the pathetic track record of a moral coward, who will abnegate even the defense of his own dignity to achieve power.”
“To say the Church was "forced" into these decisions is to abnegate the importance of free will, which is an essential element of Catholic dogma.”
“Those who wish to exalt or abnegate Sullivan can do so by linking to his website, discussing his work in their blogs, or can visit the beta version of the Ego Machine online and click on either the "plus" or "minus" sign to add or deduct from Sullivan's store of (after) life points.”
“As Marx said, faith in God too often becomes a way for people to abnegate our responsibility, deny our power and become passive in the face of a sacrosanct status quo.”
“In it, he informed me that George Grey had accepted my proposal of a once-off payment of $25,200 – on the condition that I would abnegate his word any further claims to alimony and/or other forms of financial maintenance.”
“With this state of mind, we abnegate ourselves and worship the contents of our experience, adding title after title to his or her name.”
“This view does not abnegate the principle, for on repeating such measure - ments many times with identically prepared systems the product of the standard deviations of the values obtained will have a definite lower limit.”
““He cannot abnegate the right to judge” but “... it is his supreme duty to train his faculty of judgment and to temper his subjectivity by the study of things in their historical connections” (Essays, Spec - ulative and Suggestive , I, 98-99).”
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