from The Century Dictionary.

  • Denying one's self; characterized by self-denial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Refusing to gratify one's self; self-sacrificing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Without concern for ones own advantage; selfless or self-sacrificing

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective willing to deprive yourself
  • adjective used especially of behavior


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  • On the contrary, hanging out with your family, when there was all that fun to be had out in the non-stop partying, big-wide world, seemed specially inconvenient, self-denying and dull.

    For the first time in years, I'm actually looking forward to Christmas | Deborah Orr

  • Under Ms. True the Getty actually developed the most self-denying acquisitions policy of any major U.S. museum.

    The Beautiful and the True

  • It is perhaps little wonder that Savonarola remains such a fascinating figure, capable of being portrayed as the acme of either self-denying sanctity or philistine heresy.

    For the Love of Money

  • They were Americans, descended out of the English, and yet the refraining and self-denying of the English spirit-groping were not theirs.


  • It's certainly a mind-bending act—both narcissistic and self-denying—to assert one's identity by absorbing another's.

    Duchamp Redux

  • It isn't something I can reconcile in the future with a regeneration, because it means the Doctor is basically self-denying, therefore, he is NOT a character I admire.

    New Doctor/Rose Ficlet: STRAWBERRIES

  • And so they showed their human side, and revealed over the decades that they were not better than anyone else, not more disciplined, serious, patriotic, faithful or self-denying.

    The Captain and the King

  • America is Twilight's Bella, divided eternally between soulful, self-denying Team Barack and meat-eating Team Cheney.

    John McQuaid: Not By Maureen Dowd

  • This is one reason why, although he's ballooned the deficit up to an astonishing $1.4 trillion, the perpetually svelte and self-denying Dieter-in-Chief favors egg white omelets and Tofurkey over real food: he's so skeletal he can easily slip out of a tight spot.

    John McQuaid: Not By Maureen Dowd

  • "This may be the single most self-denying thing that Congress has ever done," Kagan told Scalia.

    In Elena Kagan's work as solicitor general, few clues to her views


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