First attested before 1398. From Middle English abnegacioun, borrowed from Late Latin abnegātiō, from abnegō (“refuse, deny”), from ab (“off”) + negō (“deny; refuse, say no”). Compare French abnégation.
abnegation (countable and uncountable, plural abnegations)
- A denial; a renunciation; denial of desire or self-interest. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]