[self-krit-uh-siz-uh m, self-]


the act or fact of being self-critical.

Origin of self-criticism

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-criticism

Contemporary Examples of self-criticism

  • The idea instead is to help foster a culture more open to self-criticism.

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    Powerless In Gaza

    Matt Sienkiewicz

    May 1, 2013

  • As a result, Simmons finds that good girls are paralyzed by self-criticism.

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    Good Girls Are Back

    Marisa Meltzer

    August 9, 2009

Historical Examples of self-criticism

British Dictionary definitions for self-criticism



unfavourable or severe judgement of oneself, one's abilities, one's actions, etc
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Word Origin and History for self-criticism

1780, from self- + criticism. First attested in George Eliot; communist party sense is attested from 1933.

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