verb /ˈæbnɪɡeɪt/
a) To deny oneself (something); to renounce or give up a right or a claim to something;
b) To abjure.
See Also: abnegation

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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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abnegate — I verb abjure, contravene, decline, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, drop, forbear, gainsay, let go, negate, quit one s hold, rebuff, recall, refuse, refute, reject, relinquish, renounce, repudiate, repulse, retract, say no, spurn, surrender,… …   Law dictionary

  • abnegate — (v.) 1650s, from L. abnegatus, pp. of abnegare to refuse, deny (see ABNEGATION (Cf. abnegation)). Related: Abnegated; abnegating …   Etymology dictionary

  • abnegate — sacrifice, *forgo, eschew, forbear Analogous words: renounce, *abdicate: surrender, abandon, *relinquish, waive: abstain, *refrain Antonyms: indulge (in) Contrasted words: gratify, delight, regale, rejoice, gladden, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abnegate — [v] renounce abstain, decline, forbear, forgo, give up, refrain, reject; concepts 30,54,195 …   New thesaurus

  • abnegate — ► VERB formal ▪ renounce or reject (something desired or valuable). DERIVATIVES abnegation noun. ORIGIN Latin, from negare deny …   English terms dictionary

  • abnegate — [ab′nə gāt΄] vt. abnegated, abnegating [< L abnegatus, pp. of abnegare < ab , away, from + negare, to deny: see NEGATION] to give up (rights, claims, etc.); renounce abnegator n …   English World dictionary

  • abnegate — transitive verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: back formation from abnegation Date: 1623 1. deny, renounce < abnegated their God > 2. surrender, relinquish < abnegated her powers > • abnegator …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • abnegate — abnegation, n. abnegator, n. /ab ni gayt /, v.t., abnegated, abnegating. 1. to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce. 2. to relinquish; give up. [1650 60; < L abnegatus denied (ptp. of abnegare). See AB ,… …   Universalium

  • abnegate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. See negation. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. give up, forgo, abstain, renounce, abdicate, refrain, forbear. ANT.: indulge, binge, imbibe …   English dictionary for students

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