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 ?
For in that sad yet happy hour, she had learned not only the bitterness of remorse and despair, but the sweetness of self-denial and self-control, and led by her mother's hand, she had drawn nearer to the Friend who always welcomes every child with a love stronger than that of any father, tenderer than that of any mother.
But, emulating the patience and self-denial of the practiced native warriors, they learned to overcome every difficulty; and it would seem that, in time, there was no recess of the woods so dark, nor any secret place so lovely, that it might claim exemption from the inroads of those who had pledged their blood to satiate their vengeance, or to uphold the cold and selfish policy of the distant monarchs of Europe.
You would send them to Africa, out of your sight and smell, and then send a missionary or two to do up all the self-denial of elevating them compendiously.
His expensiveness is acknowledged even by himself, and his whole conduct declares that self-denial is a word hardly understood by him.
He exerted preterhuman self-denial in abstaining from finishing him completely; but getting out of breath, he finally desisted, and dragged the apparently inanimate body on to the settle.
As she spoke those words, the traces of sickness seemed, for the moment, to disappear from her face; her eyes shone with a steady inner light; all the woman warmed and brightened in the radiance of her own triumph -- the triumph, trebly won, of carrying her point, of vindicating her integrity, and of matching Magdalen's incorruptible self-denial on Magdalen's own ground.
Waste forces within him, and a desert all around, this man stood still on his way across a silent terrace, and saw for a moment, lying in the wilderness before him, a mirage of honourable ambition, self-denial, and perseverance.
Oh, Master Copperfield,' he said, with an air of self-denial, 'my reading is hardly to be called study.
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.
But a glance on the great picture of life will show, that the duties of self-denial, and the sacrifice of passion to principle, are seldom thus remunerated; and that the internal consciousness of their high-minded discharge of duty, produces on their own reflections a more adequate recompense, in the form of that peace which the world cannot give or take away.
The mutilation of the savage has its tragic survival in the self-denial that mars our lives.
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.