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Sacrifice of one's own desires or interests. See Synonyms at abstinence.
self′-de·ny′ing (-nī′ĭng) adj.
the denial or sacrifice of one's own desires
1. the sacrifice of one's own desires; unselfishness.
2. an act or instance of restraining or curbing one's desires.
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|Noun||1.||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)
|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
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 others|
forgoing, forswearing, renunciation - the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)