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  • noun Plural form of abnegation.


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  • Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, and Oprah are not abnegations of that concept, but proof of nothing at all.

    Why Barack Obama is "authentically black."

  • If you will take upon yourself this awful abnegations if you will consent to burden your soul with a vow that you should never make and a knowledge you should never dream about,

    The Man Who Was Thursday

  • The outer ring of Christianity is a rigid guard of ethical abnegations and professional priests; but inside that inhuman guard you will find the old human life dancing like children, and drinking wine like men; for Christianity is the only frame for pagan freedom.


  • He had no faith in human abnegations for reconciliation with God.

    Luther and the Reformation: The Life-Springs of Our Liberties

  • Her vigils, her fastings, the wearying abnegations of her stern, hard life had left her little strength for struggling against the disease when it laid hold of her at last, and so she too died in her cell one cold, bleak March morning, with a hushed sisterhood gathered round her death - bed, and gazing on it, as on that of a departing saint.

    My Little Lady

  • He advanced his bony hand, gnarled and mean with useless abstemiousness and miserable abnegations, and revolved the button in the concave.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire

  • Distasteful as marriage was to her, it was a species of sacrifice to be catalogued with the many self-abnegations of which womanhood is capable when the welfare of the beloved is at stake.

    The Yoke A Romance of the Days when the Lord Redeemed the Children of Israel from the Bondage of Egypt

  • He proposed to have the credit of his abnegations.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire

  • Once this spirit has its way with mankind, it will bring those brave, large reconstructions, those profitable abnegations and brotherly feats of generosity that will yet turn human life into a glad, beautiful, and triumphant coöperation all round this sunlit world.

    The Builders A Story and Study of Masonry

  • Bond's struggle to reach his dignified position in the town had been a severe one, and had only succeeded because of a multitude of self-submissions and abnegations, humilities and contempts, flatteries and sycophancies that would have tired and defeated a less determined soul.

    The Cathedral


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