self-denial


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self-de·ni·al

(sĕlf′dĭ-nī′əl)
n.
Sacrifice of one's own desires or interests. See Synonyms at abstinence.

self′-de·ny′ing (-nī′ĭng) adj.

self-denial

n
the denial or sacrifice of one's own desires
ˌself-deˈnying adj
ˌself-deˈnyingly adv

self′-deni′al



n.
1. the sacrifice of one's own desires; unselfishness.
2. an act or instance of restraining or curbing one's desires.
[1635–45]
self′-deny′ing, adj.
self′-deny′ingly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-denial - the trait of practicing self discipline
discipline - the trait of being well behaved; "he insisted on discipline among the troops"
austerity, nonindulgence, asceticism - the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
abstention, abstinence - the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
continence, continency - the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters
2.self-denial - the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
abstinence - act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
ascesis, asceticism - rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
mortification - (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself)
3.self-denial - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of othersself-denial - 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

self-denial

noun self-sacrifice, renunciation, asceticism, abstemiousness, selflessness, unselfishness, self-abnegation an unprecedented act of self-denial
Quotations
"Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends" [Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Faust]
Translations

self-denial

[ˌselfdɪˈnaɪəl] Nabnegación f

self-denial

[ˌsɛlfdɪˈnaɪəl] nabnegazione f, sacrificio
References in classic literature ?
She was a remarkably active and capable young woman, and, by her industry and thrift, and the most persevering self-denial, raised nine hundred dollars for her husband's freedom, which she paid, as she raised it, into the hands of his master.
In this I showed, perhaps, more intuitive wisdom than high self-denial.
Yes, good Makar Alexievitch, I really cannot accept your presents, for I know what they must have cost you--I know to what privations and self-denial they must have led.
With him she lived without reproach, but not without pain, in a state of great self-denial, for about twelve years; and her virtue was rewarded by his dying and leaving her very rich.
Thanks to his admirable prudence and self-denial my mother and sister were left, after his death, as independent of the world as they had been during his lifetime.
Charles thought it was a burst of generous friendship, and admired the self-denial with which she urged her aunt to relinquish the idea.
The loss of one hundred dollars a year is a very trifling matter, but it made all the difference between comfort and self-denial to the two old spinsters Their manner of life had been so rigid and careful that it was difficult to economize any further, and the blow had fallen just when it was most inconvenient, for Rebecca's school and boarding expenses, small as they were, had to be paid promptly and in cash.
But Orlando, though in tears himself (so Rosalind averred), had a higher sense of their duty to their ideal, and was able, though in tears, to beg her look beyond the moment, and realise what a little self-denial now might mean in the years to come.
A promise of secrecy was of course very dutifully given, but it could not be kept without difficulty; for the curiosity excited by his long absence burst forth in such very direct questions on his return as required some ingenuity to evade, and he was at the same time exercising great self-denial, for he was longing to publish his prosperous love.
She rated Lady Russell's influence highly; and as to the severe degree of self-denial which her own conscience prompted, she believed there might be little more difficulty in persuading them to a complete, than to half a reformation.
Money was the fruit of self-denial, and the second generation had a right to profit by the self-denial of the first.
It was really amazing, for everyone seemed in a heavenly frame of mind, and self-denial was all the fashion.