Etymology
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self-denial (n.)

1640s, from self- + denial.

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Definitions of self-denial

self-denial (n.)
the trait of practicing self discipline;
Synonyms: self-discipline
self-denial (n.)
the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses;
self-denial (n.)
renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others;
Synonyms: abnegation / self-abnegation / denial / self-renunciation
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