self-denial

noun self-de·ni·al \ ˌself-di-ˈnī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of self-denial

: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

noun

Definition of self-denial for English Language Learners

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



Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to suppress quietly or indirectly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!