self-pity

noun
\ ˌself-ˈpi-tē How to pronounce self-pity (audio) \

Definition of self-pity

: pity for oneself especially : a self-indulgent dwelling on one's own sorrows or misfortunes

Other Words from self-pity

self-pitying \ ˌself-​ˈpi-​tē-​iŋ How to pronounce self-pitying (audio) \ adjective
self-pityingly \ ˌself-​ˈpi-​tē-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce self-pityingly (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of self-pity

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-pity was in 1604

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“Self-pity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-pity. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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self-pity

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English Language Learners Definition of self-pity

disapproving : a feeling of pity for yourself because you believe you have suffered more than is fair or reasonable

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