self-abnegation

noun
self-ab·​ne·​ga·​tion | \ ˌself-ˌab-ni-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce self-abnegation (audio) \
plural self-abnegations

Definition of self-abnegation

: self-denial, self-sacrifice … the notion that having a baby demands complete and total self-abnegation, and anything short of that is not enough.— Jessi Klein

First Known Use of self-abnegation

1647, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about self-abnegation

Statistics for self-abnegation

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for self-abnegation

The first known use of self-abnegation was in 1647

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on self-abnegation

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for self-abnegation

Comments on self-abnegation

What made you want to look up self-abnegation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!