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[self-di-struhk-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈstrʌk ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the destruction or ruination of oneself or one's life.
Origin of self-destruction
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He literally saved our nation from self-destruction.
  • It is not a question of denying freedom as much as it is a question of preventing self-destruction.
  • Aliens are often portrayed as powerful beings coming down from on high to warn us of our impending self-destruction.
  • There is, however, the question of self-destruction.
  • Her self-destruction was too predictable to be tragic, and her career too short.
  • It has become a violently paranoid rogue state on a mad race towards self-destruction.
  • Science has also brought our species to the brink of self-destruction far beyond the threat of earthquakes.
  • But behind the self-destruction was an almost pathological fearlessness.
  • The pursuit of glory has long been a prime motivator driving human beings to perform outrageous acts of self-destruction.
British Dictionary definitions for self-destruction


the act or an instance of self-destructing
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