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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 ?
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.
It was easy to promise self-abnegation when self was wrapped up in another, and heart and soul were purified by a sweet example.
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.
Spiritual athletes perform feats of self-mutilation, self-abnegation and self-sacrifice on those pages that defy human comprehension.
Crusaders, in warped fealty to a savior who preached love, mercy, and self-abnegation, committed murder and mayhem.
They understood conversion and Christian commitment to require humility and self-abnegation, but their didactic attempts to broadcast their conversions required at the same time that they introspectively and retrospectively imagine themselves and, through their literary act, create and exalt themselves as paragons of Christian spirituality.
The central feminist theological problem today," Fiorenza writes, "is the question of whether it is possible to change hierarchical religions and to articulate theology in such a way that it does not continue to foster women's exploitation and self-abnegation.
While white women's sentimentalism offers self-abnegation as a means of transcending the worldliness and transience of bodily existence, Hopkins's world view retains a vital commitment to personal and social lived experience.
Emphasizing Augustinian pessimism about the depths of human depravity, Jansenists pursued lives of self-abnegation and strict penitential observance.
Do the marriage vows spoken in the bloom of youth and love require total self-abnegation and the destruction of one partner's spirit and sanity?