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[self-uh-nahy-uh-ley-shuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˌnaɪ əˈleɪ ʃən, ˌsɛlf-/
self-destruction; suicide.
surrender, abnegation, or immolation of the self in mystic contemplation of or union with God.
Origin of self-annihilation
First recorded in 1640-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • self-annihilation of necessity cramps their activity, or gives it a false direction.

  • This condition the Sufis characterise as self-annihilation (Fana).

  • As for me who pretended to nothing, I thought all succeeded well, inasmuch as all tended to self-annihilation.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
  • The power of the masters is shown by their self-annihilation.

  • Deference to mental superiority is not to go the length of self-annihilation—abnegation of any personal opinion.

  • That which externally seemed will and immovableness was willingness and self-annihilation.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • For religion is not the longing for self-annihilation, but for self-completion, it is the longing not for death but for life.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
  • If this absorption were possible, it would in truth be self-annihilation.

    Akbar P. A. S. van Limburg-Brouwer
  • Albion like Milton must tread the difficult way of self-annihilation and judgment.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
British Dictionary definitions for self-annihilation


the surrender of the self in mystical contemplation, union with God, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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