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The setting aside of self-interest for the sake of others or for a belief or principle.

self′-ab′ne·gat′ing adj.


the denial of one's own interests in favour of the interests of others
ˌself-ˈabneˌgating adj
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Noun1.self-abnegation - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of othersself-abnegation - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
forgoing, forswearing, renunciation - the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
self-sacrifice, selflessness - acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity
References in classic literature ?
It was easy to promise self-abnegation when self was wrapped up in another, and heart and soul were purified by a sweet example.
said his father, his rugged face shining in the ardour of self-abnegation.
The English have not understood and cannot understand the self-abnegation of our Emperor who wants nothing for himself, but only desires the good of mankind.
Already I began, in fancy, to lead the life of a common sailor, condemning myself to serve our country in the lowest ranks, and giving up all my intellectual ambitions; but though it was a life of toil and of self-abnegation, it seemed to me that I ought to do more than this.
It was the furthest limit of self-abnegation, at least so he interpreted it.
Once a young man (often in his mid-teens) entered the order, his formation was a slow, steady psycho-spiritual breakdown of the "old man" through self-abnegation and the replacement of an individual outlook with a collective or community identity.
The character and caliber of Imam Ali (PBUH) as judged by Allama Masoodi is, "If the glorious name of being the first Muslim, a comrade of the Prophet in exile, his faithful companion in the struggle for faith, his intimate associate in life, and his kinsman; if a true knowledge of the spirit of his teachings and of the Book; if self-abnegation and practice of justice; if honesty, purity, and love of truth ; if the knowledge of law and science, constitute a claim to pre-eminence, then all must regard Ali as the foremost Muslim.
She draws a tender portrait of eminently human women whose life of self-abnegation and prayer is not above a feisty game of ping-pong.
In contrast, Christians are actualized by love of Christ and love of neighbor, not by self-abnegation in a depersonalized system.
Jom, the true jihad is that which calls for putting the values of work and self-abnegation towards the homeland above all.
This is not a call for national self-abnegation, nor to beat swords into ploughshares: just the unambitious goal that armed violence be a last resort, not the first or second, and that farsighted, pro-active diplomacy be the guiding ethic of foreign policy.
Yet it was the frenzied teleshopping culture of This Unfortunate Thing Between Us that was most gripping, capturing as it did the manner in which publicized experiences of self-abnegation have come to stand in for personal growth or social transformation.