abnegate :

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  • v  deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
  • v  surrender (power or a position)
    The King abnegated his power to the ministers
  • v  deny or renounce
    They abnegated their gods

  • Adrift and divided, lacking intelligent leadership from the White House, the members of Congress have chosen to abnegate their constitutional responsibility in the hope that the blunt, crude mechanism of Gramm-Rudman will compensate for the failure of political will.
  • After the defeat at the hands of the enemy, the Triads were forced to abnegate their claim to the peninsula.
  • The citizens apprehended poll rigging and in protest voluntarily abnegated their right to exercise their franchise.

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