self-annihilation

noun

self-an·​ni·​hi·​la·​tion ˌself-ə-ˌnī-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce self-annihilation (audio)
: annihilation of the self (as in mystical contemplation of God)

Examples of self-annihilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s become so personal to me to be able to just be proud of myself for not having succeeded in my own self-annihilation. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 This is the closest the symbolic clock has ever been to midnight, a metaphor for how close humanity is to self-annihilation, according to the Bulletin, which has maintained the clock since 1947. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2024 The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock: a metaphor for how close humanity is to self-annihilation, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which has maintained the clock since 1947. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 23 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-annihilation was in 1641

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“Self-annihilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-annihilation. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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