Abnegate vs Abstain - What's the difference?

abnegate | abstain |


In lang=en terms the difference between abnegate and abstain

is that abnegate is to relinquish; to surrender; to abjure while abstain is deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present .

As verbs the difference between abnegate and abstain

is that abnegate is to deny (oneself something); to renounce or give up (a right, a power, a claim, a privilege, a convenience) while abstain is (transitive|reflexive|obsolete) keep or withhold oneself .

abnegate

English

Verb

(abnegat)
  • To deny (oneself something); to renounce or give up (a right, a power, a claim, a privilege, a convenience).
  • * 1898 December 10, Asbell v. State'', reported in ''The Pacific Reporter , volume 55, page 339:
  • To compel a state, upon theories of doubtful statutory interpretation, to appear as defendant suitor in its own courts, and to litigate with private parties as to whether it had abnegated its sovereignty of exemption, would be intolerable.
  • * 1875 January, Brownson's Quarterly Review , page 20:
  • All ancient and modern histories of nations abnegate God.
  • To relinquish; to surrender; to abjure.
  • Derived terms

    * abnegator

    References

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    abstain

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (transitive, reflexive, obsolete) Keep or withhold oneself.
  • Refrain from (something); hold one's self aloof; to forbear or keep from doing, especially an indulgence of the passions or appetites.
  • * Who abstains from meat that is not gaunt? - Shakespeare, Richard II, II-i
  • (obsolete) Fast.
  • Deliberately refrain from casting one's vote at a meeting where one is present.
  • * Not a few abstained from voting. -
  • (obsolete) Hinder; keep back; withhold.
  • * Whether he abstain men from marying [sic]. -
  • Usage notes

    * (keep or withhold oneself) Followed by the word from' or ' of . * (refrain from something) Followed by the word from .

    Synonyms

    * deny oneself * forbear * forgo * give up * refrain * relinquish * withhold

    Derived terms

    * abstention

    References

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