deny (oneself)

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deny (oneself)

To deprive oneself (of something). I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet. Learning to deny yourself is an integral part of Lent.
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They could have found a cooler place, but they would not deny themselves such a romantic feature as the roasting camp-fire.
Human beings--human children especially--seldom deny themselves the pleasure of exercising a power which they are conscious of possessing, even though that power consist only in a capacity to make others wretched; a pupil whose sensations are duller than those of his instructor, while his nerves are tougher and his bodily strength perhaps greater, has an immense advantage over that instructor, and he will generally use it relentlessly, because the very young, very healthy, very thoughtless, know neither how to sympathize nor how to spare.
"Were it liquid gold, Monsieur Blaisois, our masters would not deny themselves this wine.
Why are men such fools as to deny themselves the same admirable resource--the simple and soothing occupation which keeps the nerves steady and leaves the mind calm and free?
(The Philippine Star) - July 2, 2019 - 12:00am Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
I look at all these things, including a plastic tiara and flower band and I see money that I cannot put to use staring at me, mocking me, especially mid-month when most employed people are forced by circumstances to deny themselves the luxuries they enjoy with abandon at the end of the month.
The MP of Francistown East, Mr Buti Billy, says by failing to attend kgotla meetings, young people deny themselves an opportunity to get first-hand information on programmes that can benefit them.
Cannon Olorundare called on Christians to fortify their prayer lives while they observe fast in the Lenten season, extend hands of fellowship to the needy and deny themselves of unnecessary pleasures.
If you honestly think the Tour would deny themselves the obvious commercial appeal of having Rory captain Europe, you naively ignore the biggest commodity underpinning the whole event.
"It will give the enemy the opportunity to prepare itself for more attacks." He also said he doubted the Taliban would lay down their arms and deny themselves the opportunity of fighting during the holy month of Ramadan in which attacks have intensified.
Some did not deny themselves a little entertainment at the opening of a year which they hoped would bring an ending to the devastating war which had affected so many local families.
Some are able to find reasons to go on and eventual solutions to their problems, but there are others who deny themselves the opportunity to get up after a fall and move forward.
Jesus said to his disciples, "whoever wants to be my disciples must deny themselves" (Matthew 16.24).
But equally O'Shea (left) wasn't pleased at conceding an 81st minute goal in such an easy fashion to deny themselves a confidenceboosting victory in their last game in the capital before the Euro 2016 finals.