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[self-pit-ee, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈpɪt i, ˈsɛlf-/
pity for oneself, especially a self-indulgent attitude concerning one's own difficulties, hardships, etc.:
We must resist yielding to self-pity and carry on as best we can.
Origin of self-pity
Related forms
self-pitying, adjective
self-pityingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The challenge is to do that in a clear- eyed way and not to devolve into self-pity.
  • Then one day not long ago, during this awkward period of self-pity, the phone rang.
  • But self-definition through defeat enshrines resentment and self-pity as core values.
  • But self-pity is a mindless trap, a straightjacket of the imagination.
  • Pledge-dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
  • self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress.
  • In this railway age the wear and tear of labour and intellect go on without pause or self-pity.
  • But before the fade-out, friendship wins out over bitterness and self-pity.
  • In this realm there was nothing of self-pity or willful obscurantism.
  • But there is no self-pity in the large, bright eyes fixed trustingly on a group of visitors.
British Dictionary definitions for self-pity


the act or state of pitying oneself, esp in an exaggerated or self-indulgent manner
Derived Forms
self-pitying, adjective
self-pityingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-pity

1620s, from self- + pity (n.). Related: Self-pitying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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