The verb abnegate means to deny or renounce something. Scientists abnegate the existence of little green spacemen from Mars.

The verb abnegate also means to surrender a position of power. If you serve on too many committees, you may need to cut back. You could abnegate the treasurer position for P.T.A., in order to have more time to serve as president of Band Boosters. What's the difference between abnegate and abdicate? Both mean to renounce power or authority, but abdicate is usually reserved for higher offices of power. The king abdicates the throne. The CEO, who gives up day-to-day responsibility? He abnegates responsibility.

Definitions of abnegate
  1. verb
    deny or renounce
    “They abnegated their gods”
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    type of:
    refuse to accept or believe
  2. verb
    deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
    synonyms: deny
    deny, refuse
    refuse to let have
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    type of:
    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  3. verb
    surrender (power or a position)
    “The King abnegated his power to the ministers”
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    type of:
    give up, surrender
    give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
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