self-destruction


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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]
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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 ?
I only entertained the intention for a moment; for, not being insane, the crisis of exquisite and unalloyed despair, which had originated the wish and design of self-destruction, was past in a second.
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.
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.
Two methods of self-destruction were at his disposal.
I speak of this point chiefly for the sake of method; for the strength of Madame L'Espanaye would have been utterly unequal to the task of thrusting her daughter's corpse up the chimney as it was found; and the nature of the wounds upon her own person entirely preclude the idea of self-destruction.
It is a law, doubtless, but a law neither more nor less normal than that of destruction, even self-destruction.
After a dozen daughters of his own nobility had sought self-destruction rather than wed him he had given up.
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.
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 would prove an instinct of self-destruction," said Tarzan.
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.
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.