self-criticism

noun
self-crit·​i·​cism | \ ˌself-ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce self-criticism (audio) \
plural self-criticisms

Definition of self-criticism

: 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

First Known Use of self-criticism

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-criticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-criticism. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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self-criticism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-criticism

: criticism of your own faults and weaknesses

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