self-denial

noun self-de·ni·al \ ˌself-di-ˈnī(-ə)l \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of self-denial

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

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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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