Definitions of self-denial
  1. noun
    the trait of practicing self discipline
    synonyms: self-discipline
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    asceticism, austerity, nonindulgence
    the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
    abstention, abstinence
    the trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol)
    continence, continency
    the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters
    asceticism as a form of religious life; usually conducted in a community under a common rule and characterized by celibacy and poverty and obedience
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    the trait of being well behaved
  2. noun
    the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses
    synonyms: self-control, self-discipline
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    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
    ascesis, asceticism
    rigorous self-denial and active self-restraint
    (Christianity) the act of mortifying the lusts of the flesh by self-denial and privation (especially by bodily pain or discomfort inflicted on yourself)
    celibacy, chastity, sexual abstention
    abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
    sobriety, temperance
    abstaining from excess
    teetotaling, teetotalism
    abstaining from alcohol
    fast, fasting
    abstaining from food
    inhibition, suppression
    (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
    the third pillar of Islam is fasting (primarily during the month of Ramadan); Muslims abstain from food and drink and gambling and all sensuous pleasures from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan
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    the activity of managing or exerting control over something
  3. noun
    renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
    synonyms: abnegation, denial, self-abnegation, self-renunciation
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    forgoing, forswearing, renunciation
    the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
    self-sacrifice, selflessness
    acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity
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