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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about self-extinction

Time Traveler for self-extinction

Time Traveler

The first known use of self-extinction was in 1826

See more words from the same year

Statistics for self-extinction

Cite this Entry

“Self-extinction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-extinction. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

Comments on self-extinction

What made you want to look up self-extinction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!