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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-ni-geyt]
    • /ˈæb nɪˌgeɪt/
    • /ˈæb.nɪ.ɡeɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-ni-geyt]
    • /ˈæb nɪˌgeɪt/

Definitions of abnegate word

  • verb abnegate to deny to oneself; renounce (privileges, pleasure, etc) 3
  • verb transitive abnegate to give up (rights, claims, etc.); renounce 3
  • verb with object abnegate to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce. 1
  • verb with object abnegate to relinquish; give up. 1
  • noun abnegate Renounce or reject (something desired or valuable). 1
  • verb abnegate (Transitive Verb) To deny (oneself something); to renounce or give up (a right, a power, a claim, a privilege, a convenience). 0

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Origin of abnegate

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
1650-60; < Latin abnegātus denied (past participle of abnegāre). See ab-, negate

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Parts of speech for Abnegate


abnegate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 52% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

abnegate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abnegate

verb abnegate

  • forbear — to refrain or abstain from; desist from.
  • decline — If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.
  • abstain — If you abstain from something, usually something you want to do, you deliberately do not do it.
  • refrain — to abstain from an impulse to say or do something (often followed by from): I refrained from telling him what I thought.
  • forgo — to abstain or refrain from; do without.

Antonyms for abnegate

verb abnegate

  • use — to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.
  • continue — If someone or something continues to do something, they keep doing it and do not stop.
  • indulge — to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one's will (often followed by in): Dessert came, but I didn't indulge. They indulged in unbelievable shopping sprees.
  • accept — If you accept something that you have been offered, you say yes to it or agree to take it.

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