self-ha·​tred ˌself-ˈhā-trəd How to pronounce self-hatred (audio)
: hatred directed toward oneself rather than toward others : self-hate
Some people who read my memoirs are shocked at the level of self-hatred. All I can say is, if you have never suffered from self-loathing, lucky you.David Hare
"It was just self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore," she [Paris Jackson] explained.Jessica Sager

Examples of self-hatred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a level of self-hatred there that is so profound. Mark Hertsgaard, TIME, 7 May 2024 Instead, Snow demonstrates how an eating disorder presents itself in life, haunting the present with past pain that manifests as self-hatred. Montages of necklines, knees, elbows and legs highlight how Riley is clocking other women's bodies, her mind constantly comparing. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 Larry David — the character — is essentially merry, quintessentially secure, and startlingly untroubled by self-hatred to the very end. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 And there’s an internalized self-hatred that occurs. Justin Curto, Vulture, 4 Feb. 2024 There are lots of ways that Spider can be read as a metaphor—for depression, terror, self-hatred—but this is a story with a lot of very concrete action. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Classmates’ comments and media representations of women discipline her into heartbreaking shame and self-hatred. Tajja Isen, The Atlantic, 9 Jan. 2024 This includes feeling overwhelmed, pessimistic, letting emotions control you, self-hatred and building walls between yourself and others. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024 This latest gangster foray is in the mode of a Western, but Scorsese substitutes John Ford’s complex awe and all-knowing American mythology with Millennial white self-hatred. Armond White, National Review, 20 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-hatred was in 1581

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“Self-hatred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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