abnegation

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noun ab·ne·ga·tion \ˌab-ni-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of abnegation

formal

  1. :  denial; especially :  self-denial Monks practice abnegation of the material aspects of human life.

Examples of abnegation in a Sentence

  1. the couple's sudden abnegation of life in the fast lane for work as missionaries stunned everyone

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Abnegation plays an important part in the teachings of all the major religions. The founder of Buddhism was a prince who gave up all his worldly goods when he discovered the world of poverty that lay outside the palace gates, and abnegation has been a Buddhism practice ever since. Hinduism has an even older tradition of abnegation. Special periods of abnegation and fasting may even be included in a religion's yearly calendar; serious Christians give up some pleasure for the 40-day period of Lent, for instance, and Muslims are forbidden to eat during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan.

Origin and Etymology of abnegation

Middle English abnegacioun, borrowed from Late Latin abnegātiōn-, abnegātiō, from Latin abnegāre “to refute, decline, deny” + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at abnegate



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