self-abase·​ment ˌself-ə-ˈbās-mənt How to pronounce self-abasement (audio)
plural self-abasements
: a humiliation of oneself : the act of behaving in a way that makes one seem lower or less deserving of respect
… regaled the audience with personal stories and songs that didn't stint on comedic self-deprecation while avoiding self-abasement.Stephen Holden

Examples of self-abasement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The self-abasement of the Republicans now that Trump is once again their presumptive nominee knows no bounds. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-abasement was in 1641

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“Self-abasement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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