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Examples of abnegate in a sentence
abnegated all claims to the deceased lord's domain
felt that if the Congress adopted these security measures, it would be abnegating the nation's fundamental commitment to individual rights
Did You Know?
There's no denying that the Latin root negare has given English some useful words. That verb, which means "to deny," is the ultimate source of the noun "abnegation," a synonym of "denial" that began appearing in English manuscripts in the 14th century. By the 17th century, people had concluded that if there was a noun "abnegation," there ought to be a related verb "abnegate," and so they created one by a process called "back-formation" (that's the process of trimming a suffix or prefix off a long word to make a shorter one). But "abnegate" and "abnegation" are not the only English offspring of "negare." That root is also an ancestor of other nay-saying terms such as "deny," "negate," and "renegade."
Origin and Etymology of abnegate
back-formation from abnegation
First Known Use: 1543
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