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undoing

[uhn-doo-ing] /ʌnˈdu ɪŋ/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see undo, -ing1
Related forms
self-undoing, adjective
Synonyms
1. reversal, negation, thwarting.
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British Dictionary definitions for self undoing

undoing

/ʌnˈduːɪŋ/
noun
1.
ruin; downfall
2.
the cause of downfall drink was his undoing
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