self-den·​i·​gra·​tion ˌself-ˌde-ni-ˈgrā-shən How to pronounce self-denigration (audio)
plural self-denigrations
: disparagement or belittlement of oneself
… survived adolescent mockery to become a talented American comic novelist whose angst and self-denigration propel his writing.Jenny Shank

Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-denigration was in 1961

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Cite this Entry

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

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