from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Sacrifice of one's own desires or interests. synonym: abstinence.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act of denying one's own wishes, or refusing to satisfy one's own desires, especially from a moral, religious, or altruistic motive; the forbearing to gratify one's own appetites or desires.
- noun Synonyms Self-denial, Self-sacrifice, Austerity, Asceticism, self-abnegation, self-forgetfulness. The italicized words agree in representing the voluntary refusal or surrender of personal comfort or desires. Self-denial is to be presumed wise, necessary, or benevolent, unless indication is given to the contrary, it may be the denial of selfishness; it may be not only the refusal to take what one might have, but the voluntary surrender of what one has; it may be an act, a habit, or a principle. Self-sacrifice goes beyond self-denial in necessarily including the idea of surrender, as of comfort, inclination, time, health, while being also presumably in the line of a real duty. The definition of austerity is implied in that of austere in the comparison under austere; it stands just at the edge of that frame of mind which regards self-denial as good for its own sake; it pushes simplicity of living and the refusal of pleasure beyond what is deemed necessary or helpful to right living by the great mass of those who are equally earnest with the austere in trying to live rightly. Asceticism goes beyond austerity, being more manifestly excessive and more clearly delighting in self-mortification as a good in itself; it also generally includes somewhat of the disposition to retire from the world. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The denial of one's self; forbearing to gratify one's own desires; self-sacrifice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The act of
refusingto recognize unpleasant facts even when presented by one's self.
- noun Taking action that sacrifices one's own benefit for the good of others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
- noun renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
- noun the trait of practicing self discipline
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That year, a letter to the Newport Mercury, authored by “Frugality,” continued the redefinition of American freedom as self-denial: “We may talk and boast of liberty; but after all, the industrious and frugal only will be free.”
The beautiful irony of slavery was that it guaranteed food, shelter, clothing, health care, and child care for the enslaved—and even allowed for the acquisition of luxuries and money—without requiring the self-denial of “free” labor.
American schools in the early nineteenth century taught children to avoid the “frivolities” of play and to make themselves “useful” through the exercise of self-denial.
In fact, I understand the significance of self-denial, but if we're not careful, we can so easily just fall into religious practice for the sake of religious practice.
In what way does the self-denial of something make you more mindful of Christ and the kingdom of God?
My hand does not drift below my waist—self-denial is a new concept for me.
Unfortunately, the self-denial of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousef Gilani, and Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Kayani runs so deep that they don't realize how precarious their position is.
Trust me, as someone who runs a cafe, has his offices in this cafe, and has access to free Stumptown Coffee whenever I want, this will certainly be a test of self-denial.
Showing mercy to others, like being poor, or mourning, or being meek, or like hunger and thirst, is a quality of soul that necessitates death, self-denial, perhaps even significant personal loss.
Because of their emphasis on self-denial no more lattes!