self-de·​scrip·​tion ˌself-di-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce self-description (audio)
plural self-descriptions
: the act or an instance of describing oneself
… earned a postwar degree from Harvard Law School, forever beggaring his self-description as "just a country lawyer."Kurt Andersen
… he is, by self-description, the son of Vietnamese refugees …Joyce Carol Oates
also : a self-descriptive statement
wrote a short self-description
Her self-description of "an outright gross cynic yet total Pollyanna" seems apt. Amanda Saxton

Examples of self-description in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That self-description is the title of a new documentary by the filmmakers Karen O’Connor, Maeve O’Boyle and Miri Navasky, which opens in theaters on October 6. O’Connor has known Baez since 1989, and their decades-long friendship earned the crew rare access. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Oct. 2023 The Apple logo prime led people to act more creatively on subsequent study tasks compared to subliminal IBM logo priming—but only when creativity was a part of the participants’ self-descriptions. Nita Farahany, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2023 The national press has largely accepted Lightfoot’s self-description as progressive, but others on the ground have experienced her mayoralty differently. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-description was in 1804

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“Self-description.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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