self-renunciation

noun
self-re·​nun·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ˌself-ri-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce self-renunciation (audio) \
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Definition of self-renunciation

: 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

First Known Use of self-renunciation

1654, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-renunciation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-renunciation. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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