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

Examples of self-pity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make gratitude a priority Gratitude is a wonderful remedy for self-pity and other bad habits that can prevent your child from being mentally strong. Amy Morin, Parents, 3 July 2024 The film explores her transformation from a shy, self-pitying teenager to a mature young woman who learns to live in peace with herself and her surroundings. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 June 2024 Swift’s first foray into musical-theater writing is less embarrassing than the movie but still far too self-pitying to sit through more than once. Nate Jones, Vulture, 20 May 2024 We’re steeped in the envy, the self-pity, and the crippling status anxiety that drive him to murder. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2024 The loss of Eileen and return of the self-pitying Orwell alter ego are certainly linked. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024 In a split second, whatever self-pity had taken a hold of him following the attack is gone. Manuel Betancourt, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Boyle plays Booth as both vainglorious and self-pitying. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Foote is exceptional at portraying this complex, defensive and mercurial character who is mired in self-pity, yet boyishly open in his affection for and dependence on Shawn. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: pity for oneself
especially : too much attention to one's misfortunes

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