Examples of abnegation in a sentence
<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
Late Latin abnegation-, abnegatio, from Latin abnegare to refute, from ab- + negare to deny — more at negate
First Known Use: 14th century
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