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 ?
I would have gone alone," he said, "but could not deny myself the pleasure of such distinguished company.
I knew deep down in my heart that it couldn't last, yet how deny myself these roses, while the opportunity of gathering them was mine
The dearest room in this house costs, with board, thirty-five roubles--more than my purse could well afford; whereas MY room costs only twenty-four, though formerly I used to pay thirty, and so had to deny myself many things (I could drink tea but seldom, and never could indulge in tea and sugar as I do now).
What could I do but steal that every second drink, or else deny myself the kick equivalent to what he got out of half the number?
It was a long journey to Staningley for those slow-travelling days, but I did not deny myself needful refreshment on the road, nor even a night's rest at a wayside inn, choosing rather to brook a little delay than to present myself worn, wild, and weather-beaten before my mistress and her aunt, who would be astonished enough to see me without that.
Why should I deny myself the joy of exciting Leach's soul to fever-pitch?
My dear Sir Thomas, with all my faults I have a warm heart; and, poor as I am, would rather deny myself the necessaries of life than do an ungenerous thing.
I know that the proper thing to do, when you get to a village or town, is to rush off to the churchyard, and enjoy the graves; but it is a recreation that I always deny myself.
I am afraid," he said, rising, "that I must deny myself the pleasure of seeking the Marchioness again today.
I cannot deny myself the satisfaction of letting you know that I return to Paris, to-morrow, with my mother, in order that we may see my sister and confirm her in the resolution which is the most effectual reply to your audacious pertinacity.
It's a real pleasure to me to come here, and I'm not going to deny myself jest because you haven't got down to see me.
Well, sir,' he returned, in his slow way, 'it's more than I am accustomed to; but I can't deny myself the pleasure of your conversation.
My guardian had throughout been earnest to visit me, and there was now no good reason why I should deny myself that happiness.
Initially, I did not want to deny myself these gems that he shares and did not point out that he was breaking a Rule.