auto-destruct

[ aw-toh-di-struhkt ]
/ ˌɔ toʊ dɪˈstrʌkt /

verb (used without object)

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Origin of auto-destruct

First recorded in 1970–75

OTHER WORDS FROM auto-destruct

au·to-de·struc·tion, nounau·to-de·struc·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for auto-destruct

autodestruct
/ (ˌɔːtəʊdɪˈstrʌkt) /

adjective Also: autodestructive

likely to or possessing the power to destroy or obliterate itself or its possessorautodestruct mechanism

verb (intr)

(of a missile, machine, etc) to destroy itself
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