self-ab·​ne·​gat·​ing ˌself-ˈab-ni-ˌgā-tiŋ How to pronounce self-abnegating (audio)
: forbearing to gratify oneself or advance one's interests : self-denying
Most latter-day first ladies have recalled enduring the self-abnegating life in the White House fishbowl with stoic determination.Jacquielynn Floyd

Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-abnegating was in 1840

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“Self-abnegating.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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