self-de·​stroy·​er ˌself-di-ˈstrȯi(-ə)r How to pronounce self-destroyer (audio)
plural self-destroyers
: one who brings about his or her own destruction or ruin
… convinced the screenwriters that they needed to adhere to Petit's self-definition as an "artist" rather than a reckless self-destroyer.Jeff Simon

Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-destroyer was in 1645

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Cite this Entry

“Self-destroyer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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