the work of doubting yourself; controlling your impulses
- the trait of practicing self-discipline
- renunciation of your own passions and only the passions of others
- The denial of your respective self; forbearing to gratify an individual's own desires; self-sacrifice.
1640s, from self- + denial.
In the temperate zone, where the seasons are sharply contrasted, but follow each other with regularity, foresight and self-denial were fostered, because if men did not exercise these qualities seed-time or harvest might pass into lost opportunities and the tribes would suffer.