: hatred directed toward oneself rather than toward others : self-hatred
Humans need self-love, not self-hate, but when you have a disorder which makes you anti-social, it's hard to be kind to yourself.Jo Challacombe

Examples of self-hate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The big one on the cons list was loss of anonymity, but probably that was a way of writing self-hate or something. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2023 Waters’ antipathy toward C.J., much like John Claggart’s hostility toward Billy Budd, has a strong element of self-hate. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-hate was in 1576

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“Self-hate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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