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Meaning of self-denial

self-de•ni•al

Pronunciation: (self'di-nī'ul, self"-), [key]
— n.
  1. the sacrifice of one's own desires; unselfishness.
  2. an act or instance of restraining or curbing one's desires: To reduce, one has to practice self-denial at the dinner table.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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