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[self-pit-ee, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈpɪt i, ˈsɛlf-/
pity for oneself, especially a self-indulgent attitude concerning one's own difficulties, hardships, etc.:
We must resist yielding to self-pity and carry on as best we can.
Origin of self-pity
First recorded in 1615-25
Related forms
self-pitying, adjective
self-pityingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • self-pity is the surest, yet the most insidious foe to self-poise.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • At midnight she tossed it aside and with self-pity prepared to go to sleep.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • There was no trace of nervousness, or of tears, or self-pity.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • In humiliation there may be self-pity and that is always degrading.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • "You'll be sorry when I'm dead," said Sarah, her voice plaintive with self-pity.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for self-pity


the act or state of pitying oneself, esp in an exaggerated or self-indulgent manner
Derived Forms
self-pitying, adjective
self-pityingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-pity

1620s, from self- + pity (n.). Related: Self-pitying.

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