self–denial

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noun self–de·ni·al \-di-ˈnī(-ə)l\

Definition of self–denial

  1. :  a restraint or limitation of one's own desires or interests

First Known Use of self–denial

1642


SELF–DENIAL Defined for English Language Learners

self-denial

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Definition of self–denial for English Language Learners

  • : the act of not allowing yourself to have or do something you want


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