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[self-di-struhkt] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈstrʌkt/
verb (used without object)
to destroy itself or oneself:
The missile is built so that a malfunction will cause it to self-destruct.
to cause itself or oneself to reach a state of collapse, dysfunction, confusion, or the like:
The committee is so disorganized it will probably self-destruct before it can accomplish anything.
causing something to self-destruct:
a self-destruct mechanism.
(intransitive) to explode or disintegrate automatically as a result of pre-programming: the missile self-destructed
to destroy oneself, one’s reputation, etc, through one’s habits or actions: I totally self-destructed with drugs
(as modifier): hit the self-destruct button


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  • Self-destructive

    [self-di-struhk-tiv, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈstrʌk tɪv, ˌsɛlf-/ adjective 1. harmful, injurious, or destructive to oneself: His constant arguing with the boss shows he’s a self-destructive person. 2. reflecting or exhibiting suicidal desires or drives: Careless driving may be a self-destructive tendency.

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    [self-di-tur-muh-ney-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˌtɜr məˈneɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/ noun 1. determination by oneself or itself, without outside influence. 2. freedom to live as one chooses, or to act or decide without consulting another or others. 3. the determining by the people of the form their government shall have, without reference to the wishes of any […]

  • Self-defeating

    [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

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