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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give up (rights or a claim, for example); renounce.
  • transitive v. To deny (something) to oneself: The minister abnegated the luxuries of life.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To deny and reject; to abjure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deny (anything) to one's self; renounce; give up or surrender.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
  • v. deny or renounce
  • v. surrender (power or a position)

Etymologies

Latin abnegāre, abnegāt-, to refuse : ab-, away; see ab-1 + negāre, to deny; see ne in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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