self-re·​fer·​ring ˌself-ri-ˈfər-iŋ How to pronounce self-referring (audio)
: referring to oneself or itself
The art that Anselm Kiefer practices is not a self-referring art that looks within itself … for its subject matter and for its justification.John Russell
He's annoyingly self-referring, narcissistic.Bob Wolfley
medical : engaging in self-referral
a self-referring patient
self-referring physician groups

Word History

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-referring was in 1804

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Cite this Entry

“Self-referring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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