abnegate

[ ab-ni-geyt ]

Part of Speech

verb

Definition

renounce or reject (something desired or valuable)

Origin + Etymology

from Latin abnegat- ‘renounced’, from the verb abnegare, from ab- ‘away, off’ + negare ‘deny’

Synonyms

  • renounce
  • reject
  • refuse
  • abandon
  • spurn
  • abdicate
  • give up

Antonyms

  • accept
  • continue
  • indulge
  • use

Example

He continues to abnegate personal responsibility and it is frustrating his co-workers.

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