[ self-krit-uh-siz-uhm, self- ]

  1. the act or fact of being self-critical.

Origin of self-criticism

First recorded in 1855–60

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

How to use self-criticism in a sentence

  • Then he tumbled his load down the shute into the cow stable and leaned on his fork to indulge in some sadly-needed self-criticism.

    The Duck-footed Hound | James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The teacher's constant self-criticism in the light of these will greatly improve his control of discussion in the class room.

    The Recitation | George Herbert Betts
  • Howard himself saw this clearly in his occasional moods of self-criticism.

    The Great God Success | John Graham (David Graham Phillips)

British Dictionary definitions for self-criticism


  1. unfavourable or severe judgement of oneself, one's abilities, one's actions, etc

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012