[self-di-struhk-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈstrʌk ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
the destruction or ruination of oneself or one’s life.
the act or an instance of self-destructing


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    [self-di-fee-ting, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈfi tɪŋ, ˌsɛlf-/ adjective 1. serving to frustrate, thwart, etc., one’s own intention or interests: His behavior was certainly self-defeating. self-defeating adjective 1. (of a plan, action, etc) unable to achieve the intended result

  • Self-defence

    [self-di-fens, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈfɛns, ˌsɛlf-/ noun 1. the act of defending one’s person when physically attacked, as by countering blows or overcoming an assailant: the art of self-defense. 2. a claim or plea that the use of force or injuring or killing another was necessary in defending one’s own person from physical attack: He shot […]

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