Definition of self-denial in English:


Pronunciation /ˈˌsɛlf dəˈnaɪ(ə)l/

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  • The denial of one's own interests and needs; self-sacrifice.

    ‘the farm has been built up over the years by hard work and self-denial’
    • ‘Our vows are not of celibacy or self-denial, but of temperance and self-moderation.’
    • ‘No one denies self-denial and noble altruism are generative of a host of spiritual benefits.’
    • ‘A real person has to go through so much self-denial to fulfil this idealised image.’
    • ‘It is difficult to bring ourselves to sacrifice and self-denial, because in political, public and private life we have long since dropped the golden key of self-restraint to the ocean floor.’
    • ‘At the back of our decision in this problematical appeal is the fact that an orderly use of available national forums depends upon a combination of mutual respect and self-denial on the part of their respective courts.’
    • ‘Man was not a sinful creature who could only be saved by self-denial while patiently awaiting death and ultimately salvation.’
    • ‘Dedication requires concentration, self-denial and involves the loss of enjoyment opportunities.’
    • ‘It was the crystallization of a life of the most determined self-denial.’
    • ‘There is here a kind of self-denial and demand for trust which a man might very well hate and resent.’
    • ‘They shared a common acceptance that chastity was formed by exercises in self-denial comparable to athletic training.’
    • ‘‘It offers them an opportunity to practise self-denial,’ he says.’
    • ‘Accompanying this disdain for people is a self-righteous delusion that they alone are saving the planet with their steady diet of self-denial.’
    • ‘‘We tend to think of self-denial as punishment,’ she says.’
    • ‘She is passionately curious, outspoken and emotional, and yet her need for approval leads to an adolescence dominated by attempts at religious self-denial.’
    • ‘Rather than glory in our differences as the markers of our superiority over others, we need to handle our spiritual heritage with humility and self-denial.’
    • ‘It seems clear, however, that the cardinal deliberately exposed himself to temptation, as if to test the strength of his self-control and self-denial.’
    • ‘It succeeded because it matched discipline with self-denial.’
    • ‘Those scrupulous enough to have gone through the period of Lent with any amount of self-denial can look forward to enjoying the good things in life again.’
    • ‘I know, self-denial isn't really your thing, but find less expensive ways of entertaining yourself.’
    • ‘They should be preserved if only for this example of self-denial.’
    self-sacrifice, selflessness, unselfishness, altruism, self-discipline, asceticism, abnegation, self-abnegation, self-deprivation, abstemiousness, abstinence
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