[ self-uh-nahy-uh-ley-shuhn, self- ]

  1. self-destruction; suicide.

  2. surrender, abnegation, or immolation of the self in mystic contemplation of or union with God.

Origin of self-annihilation

First recorded in 1640–50

Words Nearby self-annihilation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use self-annihilation in a sentence

  • This is not to deny that many women are capable of the greatest devotion and sacrifice, even to the point of self-annihilation.

    Women in Modern Industry | B. L. Hutchins

British Dictionary definitions for self-annihilation


  1. the surrender of the self in mystical contemplation, union with God, etc

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