Self-degradation

Related to Self-degradation: self-aggrandizement, self-perpetuating

Self`-deg`ra`da´tion


n.1.The act of degrading one's self, or the state of being so degraded.
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We tend to subject ourselves to masochistic self-degradation as we let our insufficiencies and drawbacks-both real and perceived-ravage the remains of our ego.
Young people who suffer from low self-esteem, or self-degradation, may use self-harm to express anger toward themselves.
What an appalling contribution this is to the sexualisation of our children, to the self-degradation of women and to all the social ills that flow from it-like teenage pregnancy.
He deplored, in a text not included here, Heine's baptism as a self-degradation, harmful to public morals.
But to those of us not asked to make a sacrifice in blood or treasure for this war, those of us whose duty has been limited to getting on with our lives and standing by while our constitutional rights drain away and our legislative branch continues its self-degradation, this war reverberates only as an echo of something awful happening some place far away.
It is a position of self-degradation where you--the other woman--continue to reinforce the old voice in your head and heart, that you don't deserve your own happiness, that you don't deserve to be loved.
His nurse, outwardly a respectable cover, was offering her own form of medication - regular doses of self-degradation to satisfy his sordid desires.
As I reach a certain level of success, I want friends who know how hard I worked to get here and who can stop me mid-sentence when my humility veers into self-deprecation or, as it often does, self-degradation.
Indeed, we do know that the greatest self-confidence is that which enables us to give the other person his or her due, even if, for the moment, it appears as if we are acquiescing in our own self-degradation.
Certainly no one can accuse Bill Clinton of bringing much in the way of civility or class to the presidency, but it remained for Ken Starr to force-feed us a media diet of self-degradation.
Artist and veteran figure within the black art community Betye Saar's now infamous letter, put in circulation last year when Kara Walker's MacArthur Award was announced, raised the question of how the community should react to whites subsidizing an "evil culture" of black self-degradation.