self undoing

undoing

[uhn-doo-ing]
noun
1.
the reversing of what has been done; annulling.
2.
a bringing to destruction, ruin, or disaster.
3.
a cause of destruction or ruin.
4.
the act of unfastening or loosing.
5.
Psychiatry. an unconscious defense mechanism through which an attempt is made to reverse a psychologically unacceptable act by doing its opposite, usually repetitiously, in order to relieve anxiety.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see undo, -ing1

self-undoing, adjective


1. reversal, negation, thwarting.
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undoing (ʌnˈduːɪŋ)
 
n
1.  ruin; downfall
2.  the cause of downfall: drink was his undoing

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undo
O.E. undon "to unfasten and open" (a window or door), "to unfasten by releasing from a fixed position," from un- (2) + do. Undone "not accomplished" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "destroyed" is recorded from mid-14c.; the notion is of "to annul something
that was done." Undoing "action of bringing to ruin" is recorded from late 14c.
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