self-extinction

noun
self-ex·​tinc·​tion | \ ˌself-ik-ˈstiŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce self-extinction (audio) \
plural self-extinctions

Definition of self-extinction

1 : the act of causing one's own extinction or the state of having caused one's own extinction a civilization headed towards self-extinction
2 : suicide … an escaped schizophrenic also wends his way there with self-extinction in mind …— Chuck Twardy

First Known Use of self-extinction

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-extinction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-extinction. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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