self-dis·​cov·​ery ˌself-di-ˈskə-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce self-discovery (audio)
: the act or process of achieving self-knowledge

Examples of self-discovery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Set in Ireland and filmed on location in Wicklow, Irish Wish emphasizes self-discovery just as much as romantic partnership. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 6 Feb. 2024 Following the death of her estranged addict mother and her partner’s relapse and incarceration, Selby embarks on an extremely raw pilgrimage of self-discovery and salvation. Alex Ritman, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024 Robbie plays Stereotypical Barbie, who experiences an existential crisis but lands on the road to self-discovery. Leanne Italie, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 Her somber ballad about self-discovery from Barbie has received immense love throughout this awards season — recently taking home the Golden Globe for best original song. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 The encounter spurs a funny and heartfelt journey of self-discovery and first love as Elliott prepares to leave her childhood home the summer before college. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2024 The ancient spiritual practice, which first originated in India, ultimately aims to achieve self-discovery and liberation through movements, meditation, and breathing techniques. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2024 In the middle of all this self-discovery, Lipa’s been figuring out how to create more distance from the noise around her. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 16 Jan. 2024 My time in Cape Town was a wonderful journey of self-discovery. Teshie Ogallo, Parents, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-discovery was in 1642

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“Self-discovery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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