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Related to self-abnegation: self-aggrandizement, abasement


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

self′-ab′ne·gat′ing adj.
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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
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References in classic literature ?
"Pain?" said his father, his rugged face shining in the ardour of self-abnegation. "The only pain to me was pain on his account, poor, foolish young man.
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.
The momentous religious occasion of Eid al-Adha (Feat of Sacrifice), which is marked in honor of the Islamic imperative of self-abnegation, falls on the 10th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah on the lunar calendar every year.
To say the least, the group merely exists in the hallucinating minds of a few individuals who have surrendered themselves to ignoble self-abnegation.
To one who said to Him, 'I will follow You wherever You go,' Jesus clarified that what lies in prospect is not just walking behind Him or somehow traveling the same road with Him, but adopting His way of life in a symbiosis that includes suffering and self-abnegation. As 'aliens and sojourners' on this Earth (1 Peter 2:11), Christians have no fixed dwelling here but are on the way toward 'the one that is to come' (Hebrews 13:14).
The Catonsville Nine's action and arrests represented the same self-abnegation in the name of social change that Dorothy Day's word did.
They all, from Imam Ali down to Imam Hussain, were the paragon of self-sacrifice, self-abnegation, devotion to cause, sincerity to ideal and submission to the Will of God Almighty.
narcissism?), the fearless quality that makes him a movie star, the self-abnegation of the zealot whose childhood ambition was to be a priest -- and perhaps the emotional distance which many have noted in real-life Cruise.
This singular act of self-abnegation is no one's to question, least of all Trump's, whose military title is so misplaced that one marvels at the self-control of military leadership, for many of whom nausea must be a constant companion.