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abnegation (noun) renunciation, self-denial.

As in the case of abdication, abnegation also means giving up some thing of great value. It is a person denying for themselves the pleasures or comforts of life, or giving up voluntarily even a very high position. It implies great selflessness.

  • Only persons of high nobility of mind are capable of abnegation, as it demands putting aside their personal desires or interests.
  • All religions stress the importance of abnegation as the highest form of human conduct and the giving up of one's desires.
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