self-re·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion ˌself-ri-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce self-renunciation (audio)
plural self-renunciations
: the renouncing of one's own wishes, desires, or ambitions
But what is surely foreign to most of us is the life of prayer, self-renunciation, and single-minded spiritual pursuit.Joel J. Miller
Our tenderness and self-renunciation seem strong when our egoism has had its day …George Eliot

Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-renunciation was in 1654

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“Self-renunciation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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