self-con·​sum·​ing ˌself-kən-ˈsü-miŋ How to pronounce self-consuming (audio)
: consuming oneself or itself: such as
: taking all of a person's time and attention : being the only thing a person thinks about : all-consuming
self-consuming hatred/passion/desire
: acting to destroy itself or use itself up
a self-consuming fire

Examples of self-consuming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the prototype were to be put into action, the team said the self-consuming technology would help reduce the amount of orbital debris littering outer space. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 His Freudian need to replace his father is all-consuming and, perhaps, ultimately self-consuming. Matthew Gilbert,, 25 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-consuming was in 1590

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“Self-consuming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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