Definitions of self-denial

n the trait of practicing 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

n the act of denying yourself; controlling your impulses

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

n renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others

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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