v. give up or surrender; deny something to oneself
After his retirement, the former police commissioner found it difficult to abnegate authority.
Sentence in Classic:
A saint who dwells in a paroxysm of abnegation is a dangerous neighbor; he might communicate to you, by contagion, an incurable poverty, an anchylosis of the joints, which are useful in advancement, and in short, more renunciation than you desire; and this infectious virtue is avoided.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context