(noun) the act of renouncing or rejecting something; self-denial
describes the abnegation of unknown people
The priests I knew practised self-abnegation but perfected a quiet dance of ego.
he seems, self-abnegatingly, to want to taste the sweat on the meat, as a salty political reminder.
on Orwell talking about chefs touching the steak being served to the patrons
This repeated abnegation of qualification is one of many figurations of a deeply problematic tendency to reject ideas of authority and authorship throughout the nonfiction, in ways that dovetail interestingly with the structural and vocal instability of the fiction.
on DFW's tendency to say that he's not a journalist (Conversations 83, Up Simba)