[ self-di-struhk-tiv, self- ]

  1. harmful, injurious, or destructive to oneself: His constant arguing with the boss shows he's a self-destructive person.

  2. reflecting or exhibiting suicidal desires or drives: Careless driving may be a self-destructive tendency.

Origin of self-destructive

First recorded in 1645–55

Other words from self-destructive

  • self-de·struc·tive·ly, adverb

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

How to use self-destructive in a sentence

  • This type of battery is very rugged, and its combinations are not self-destructive.

    ABC of Electricity | William Henry Meadowcroft
  • Hold the Buddhist to his creed and insist that such logic destroys itself, and he triumphs smilingly, 'self-destructive!

    The Religions of Japan | William Elliot Griffis
  • When we contemplate such arrangements as exist in these two guns, it must be evident that they are both self-destructive.

    Gunnery in 1858 | William Greener
  • A thing self-created, self-destructive: then of human life––nothingness.

  • It had been to her what its sting is to the bee—a thing which if once used in self-defence is self-destructive.

    Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini