self-destruction


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to self-destruction: Self Destructive Behaviour

self-de·struc·tion

(sĕlf′dĭ-strŭk′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of destroying oneself or itself.
2. Suicide.

self-destruction

n
the act or an instance of self-destructing

self′-destruc′tion



n.
1. the destruction or ruination of oneself or one's life.
2. suicide.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-destruction - the act of killing yourselfself-destruction - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
assisted suicide - suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible
felo-de-se - an act of deliberate self destruction
harakiri, hara-kiri, harikari, seppuku - ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society
suttee - the act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband
2.self-destruction - the act of destroying yourself; "his insistence was pure self-destruction"
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
Translations

self-destruction

[ˌselfdɪsˈtrʌkʃən] Nsuicidio m; [of weapon] → autodestrucción f
References in classic literature ?
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversaries, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace; before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
So I continued to drink, and to keep a sharp eye on John Barleycorn, resolved to resist all future suggestions of self-destruction.
After a dozen daughters of his own nobility had sought self-destruction rather than wed him he had given up.
Until hope proved futile she would not give it up; nor did she entertain thoughts of self-destruction only as a final escape from dishonor.
It is a law, doubtless, but a law neither more nor less normal than that of destruction, even self-destruction.
She did not care to live unless she might find her way back to her own child, but slight as such a hope appeared she would not admit its impossibility until the last moment had come, and she faced the fearful reality of choosing between the final alternatives--Nikolas Rokoff on one hand and self-destruction upon the other.
It would prove an instinct of self-destruction," said Tarzan.
Pocket and Drummle while I was attentive to my knife and fork, spoon, glasses, and other instruments of self-destruction, that Drummle, whose Christian name was Bentley, was actually the next heir but one to a baronetcy.
From where I was it seemed that they were bent upon self-destruction, since the roar of the breakers beating upon the perpen-dicular rock-face appeared to offer only death to any one who might venture within their relentless clutch.
EVE, thy contempt of life and pleasure seems To argue in thee somthing more sublime And excellent then what thy minde contemnes; But self-destruction therefore saught, refutes That excellence thought in thee, and implies, Not thy contempt, but anguish and regret For loss of life and pleasure overlov'd.
She guessed why he had sent for her and she knew that she must find the means for self-destruction before the night was over; but still she clung to hope and to life.
Two methods of self-destruction were at his disposal.