[self-uh-nahy-uh-ley-shuh n, self-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-annihilation

Contemporary Examples of self-annihilation

Historical Examples of self-annihilation

  • The power of the masters is shown by their self-annihilation.

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

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • If this absorption were possible, it would in truth be self-annihilation.


    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
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