self-bet·​ter·​ment ˌself-ˈbe-tər-mənt How to pronounce self-betterment (audio)
: the act or result of making oneself better through one's own efforts : self-improvement
made self-betterment a goal for the new year
tools of self-betterment

Examples of self-betterment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What else might be washed away by the waters of self-betterment? Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 According to the application, Black enrolled in a laundry list of substance abuse treatment and self-betterment courses. oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 The feat of the Pyramids fit with the mind-set of the Masons, who employ masonry and construction as a metaphor for self-betterment. John Kelly, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2023 One stop was to see Berger, an unemployed Army veteran who showed up at the bike shop a while back after hearing that vets were welcome to seek self-betterment there. John Carlisle,, 6 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-betterment was in 1859

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“Self-betterment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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