deny oneself


: to not allow oneself to enjoy things or to have the things one wants
On this diet, I don't feel like I'm denying myself.
I'm not denying myself the foods that I love, I'm just eating smaller amounts.
He's always denied himself the simple pleasures in life.

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Recent Examples on the Web Contradiction was merely authentic self-expression, the mark of living fully and refusing to deny oneself. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021

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“Deny oneself.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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