Definition of Self-denial
1. Noun. The trait of practicing self discipline.
Generic synonyms: Discipline
Specialized synonyms: Asceticism, Austerity, Nonindulgence, Abstention, Abstinence, Continence, Continency
2. Noun. The act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses.
Generic synonyms: Control
Specialized synonyms: Abstinence, Ascesis, Asceticism, Mortification
3. Noun. Renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others.
Generic synonyms: Forgoing, Forswearing, Renunciation, Self-sacrifice, Selflessness
Derivative terms: Abnegate, Deny
Definition of Self-denial
1. Noun. The act of refusing to recognize unpleasant facts even when presented by one's self. ¹
2. Noun. Taking action that sacrifices one's own benefit for the good of others. ¹
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Literary usage of Self-denial
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Pilgrim's Progress, from this World to that which is to Come by John Bunyan (1806)
"Tender-conscience crosses the bridge self-denial, in the valley of Humiliation.—He is pursued by Worldly- honour, ..."
2. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine, Thomas, Edward Bouverie Pusey, William Benham (1909)
"CHAPTER XXXII Of self-denial and the casting away all selfishness " MY Son, thou canst not possess perfect liberty unless thou altogether deny thyself. ..."
3. Dictionary of the Apostolic Church by James Hastings, John Alexander Selbie, John Chisholm Lambert (1918)
"self-denial looks primarily to the initial struggle by which the disciple cuts himself adrift from his former way of living, renouncing parents, wife, ..."
4. Law as a Means to an End by Rudolf von Jhering (1914)
"His own admission, that he is not himself capable of such acts of self-denial, must force from the egoist the acknowledgment that there are other motives of ..."
5. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin (1921)
"self-denial. ALTHOUGH the Divine law contains a most excellent and will- arranged plan for the regulation of life, yet it has pleased the heavenly Teacher ..."
6. The Works of Benjamin Franklin: Including the Private as Well as the by Benjamin Franklin, John Bigelow (1904)
"... XV self-denial NOT THE ESSENCE OF VIRTUE x It is commonly asserted that without self-denial there is no virtue, and that the greater the self- denial ..."