self-cre·​a·​tion ˌself-krē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce self-creation (audio)
plural self-creations
: the development or formation of one's identity or conception of oneself : self-invention
Adolescence is a time of self-creation for many people.

Examples of self-creation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Emma Stone in 'Poor Things' | Credit: Yorgos Lanthimos/Searchlight Pictures Both Bella and Stone pursue a fearless act of self-creation here. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 3 Sep. 2023 That self-creation ability helps prevent the Sixers offense from becoming overly reliant on Maxey and Embiid to manufacture shot attempts both for themselves and their teammates. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Ukraine’s self-creation within the West will be achieved through a war to preserve and defend the Ukrainian nation. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 Burton has nothing to say, for instance, about drag culture or gender-affirming surgery, two areas where the idea of self-creation would seem to have more positive implications. Rhoda Feng,, 29 June 2023 Jarace Walker, Houston Walker’s potential shoot-dribble-pass versatility would fit cleanly at the 4 next to Myles Turner, assuming the freshman continues to build on the flashes of 3-point range, drives past closeouts, live-dribble playmaking and some self-creation skill. Indystar Sports, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2023 So this is basically the singularity idea, except for the self-creation and self-perpetuation. IEEE Spectrum, 13 Apr. 2023 Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau stressed the more elegant and literary element of that process — self-reliance — but there were plenty of crasser arbiters of the self-creation tale. Alissa Quart, Rolling Stone, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-creation was in 1906

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Cite this Entry

“Self-creation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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