self-criticism

noun

self-crit·​i·​cism ˌself-ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce self-criticism (audio)
plural self-criticisms
: the act of or capacity for criticizing one's own faults or shortcomings
To impress friends and potential employers, avoid complimenting yourself and trying to disguise it as self-criticism. Shana Lebowitz
… he's learned discipline, beneficial self-criticism … and the ability to develop a regimen in his day-to-day life. Hillary Gavan

Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-criticism was in 1780

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Cite this Entry

“Self-criticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-criticism. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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