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Abnegate \Ab"ne*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abnegated; p. pr. & vb. n. Abnegating.] [L. abnegatus, p. p. of abnegare; ab + negare to deny. See Deny.] To deny and reject; to abjure.
--Sir E. Sandys. Farrar.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from Latin abnegatus, past participle of abnegare "to refuse, deny" (see abnegation). Related: Abnegated; abnegating.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To deny (oneself something); to renounce or give up (a right, a power, a claim, a privilege, a convenience). (First attested in the early 17th century.) 2 (context transitive English) To relinquish; to surrender; to abjure. (First attested in the mid 18th century.)

  1. v. deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure; "She denied herself wine and spirits" [syn: deny]

  2. surrender; "The King abnegated his power to the ministers"

  3. deny or renounce; "They abnegated their gods"

Usage examples of "abnegate".

Besides, had she not voluntarily abnegated his authority and affection?

But he had so long abnegated the exercise of his rights and privileges, sinking the noble in the mechanician, that men had forgotten the proper style in which they should address him.

For Kandasi to have acted on its own initiative meant that she must have abnegated command.

Whether time had taken this, or illness, or whether she had abnegated it for the power of the Christian symbol that she wore on her breast, I had no means of guessing.

It never even occurred to him that his beloved daughter lay abnegated before him, not until they expended themselves and became suddenly as quiet as thieves.

It was also because of the radio that she discovered that there were beautiful songs for women, and she sang `O Mio Babbino Carol at the top of her voice as she scrubbed the floor on her hands and knees, investing it with oriental microtones and adorning it with ululations, thus abnegating in the very attempt her project of becoming Italian.