self-dep·​ri·​va·​tion ˌself-ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce self-deprivation (audio)
 also  -ˌdē-ˌprī-
: voluntary denial of oneself from possessing, using, consuming, or enjoying something desired
No self-deprivation is called for, but simply the understanding that the healthiest, tastiest, and most nourishing way to eat is also the most economical, most compassionate, and least polluting.John Robbins

Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-deprivation was in 1645

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“Self-deprivation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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