from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The setting aside of self-interest for the sake of others or for a belief or principle.
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- n. The denial or invalidation of one's own needs, interests, etc. in the sake of another's; the setting aside of self-interest
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Self-denial; self-renunciation; self-sacrifice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
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In subsequent speeches, as well as in an advice column he began writing for Ebony in 1957 and in a book he published the following year, King endorsed Christian self-abnegation as a means to attain “first-class citizenship.”
In advocating nonviolence, King asked African Americans to “present our very bodies” as living sacrifices to attain citizenship and respectability, and offered himself as a model of self-abnegation.
However – does gentleness inevitably entail self-abnegation?
Shulamith Firestone deems motherhood “a condition of terminal psychological and social decay, total self-abnegation and physical deterioration.”
And so he recedes, through phases of Bob Dylan – esque self-abnegation, while his band pushes forward with its bliss-filled racket.
The pro-Western Gulf or North African allied states have nothing to gain in seeing American influence or military power devalued in their region—either by others, or as is the current fad in Washington, through American self-abnegation.
He begins by noting what should be obvious: Given the centrality of freedom of expression "to an academic community, a university's suing a student for libel constitutes a curious act of self-abnegation, rather like the United Way taking a position against charitable giving, or the National Cattlemen's Beef Association urging that all Americans embrace a vegan diet."
When I was a child, my home, usually humming with debate, argument and laughter, would be transformed by this time into a solemn sanctuary marked by prayerful memory and theatrical displays of self-abnegation.
The irony, when considered sixty-five years after its publication, is that Smart's work of self-abnegation has surpassed that of her erotic master; Barker is largely forgotten now, while the reputation of Smart's one work of genius—however misbegotten—seems secure.
Start with yourself, where you are -- not in judgment and self-abnegation, but with honesty and gentleness.