self-con·​tempt ˌself-kən-ˈtem(p)t How to pronounce self-contempt (audio)
plural self-contempts
: contempt for oneself
Every second year, I resolve to lose weight, only to fail almost instantly, which tips me into a period of self-contempt which inevitably leads to more eating.Richard Glover

Examples of self-contempt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If my childhood had been spent in the constant pursuit of being better, the seeds of perfectionism had blossomed into self-contempt. Janine Rubenstein, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-contempt was in 1563

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“Self-contempt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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