What does self-denial mean?

self-denial meaning in General Dictionary

the work of doubting yourself; controlling your impulses

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  • 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.

self-denial meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from self- + denial.


Sentence Examples with the word 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.

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