self-devouring

adjective

self-de·​vour·​ing ˌself-di-ˈvau̇-riŋ How to pronounce self-devouring (audio)
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: devouring or consuming oneself or itself
his self-devouring hatred
… a self-devouring nation in which just about everything seems to be for sale or lease …Seth Mydans

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-devouring was circa 1586

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“Self-devouring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-devouring. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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