deny (one)self

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deny (one)self

To deprive oneself of something. I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet.
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References in classic literature ?
She had little difficulty in understanding thus much of her rival's intentions, and while she was firmly resolved to act by her as every principle of honour and honesty directed, to combat her own affection for Edward and to see him as little as possible; she could not deny herself the comfort of endeavouring to convince Lucy that her heart was unwounded.
In future, she was to deny herself this sweet gratification.
I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me.
Circumstances had long forced her, as they force most women in the flower of youth, to consider, painfully and minutely, all that part of life which is conspicuously without order; she had had to consider moods and wishes, degrees of liking or disliking, and their effect upon the destiny of people dear to her; she had been forced to deny herself any contemplation of that other part of life where thought constructs a destiny which is independent of human beings.
"Amalia Ludwigovna, I beg you to recollect what you are saying," Katerina Ivanovna began haughtily (she always took a haughty tone with the landlady that she might "remember her place" and even now could not deny herself this satisfaction).
She's substituted her high fat meals for alternatives packed with "lots of veg" and much smaller portions - but added she doesn't deny herself anything.
With less than 12hrs to the day, Eve Esin, a delectable actress who has featured in over 100 Nollywood movies added that though the mood in the country calls for sober reflection, she woulr not deny herself the special treat that would mark the day memorable and unforgettable.
Michelle admits she tries to follow a healthy diet but doesn't deny herself a treat, like having a Chinese at the weekend, every once in a while.
Jessica says it wouldn't be practical to deny herself treats and be too restrictive because that wouldn't be sustainable.
Lily Pando, a 16-year-old sophomore, used to deny herself water to avoid the discomfort of using public restrooms as a transgender person.
Since coming off it she said she is eating far more healthily, although she's learnt that "it's just about moderation" and won't deny herself a pizza, her favourite food, every now and again "as long as it's a really nice one with all the right toppings".
She added, though, that if she happens to feel beautiful and strong in a bra and undies, she's not going to deny herself from wearing those things.
Others, like Gillespie, soldier on at Holy Cross, unwilling to deny herself the Eucharist, but also unflinching in her opinion that Blasko must go.
Washington, Oct 3 (ANI): Jessica Alba has revealed that she loves desserts and does not deny herself the treat, especially when her husband Cash Warren orders them.
Although exhausted, and even sick at times, she recognized the need to deny herself the pleasures of life, in order to allow God to use her in the fight for humanity and the education of future healthcare advocates.