- harmful, injurious, or destructive to oneself: His constant arguing with the boss shows he's a self-destructive person.
- reflecting or exhibiting suicidal desires or drives: Careless driving may be a self-destructive tendency.
Origin of self-destructive
First recorded in 1645–55
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Examples from the Web for self-destructive
To break her self-destructive cycle and heal, she decides to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo.Exclusive: The Making of Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globe-Nominated ‘Wild’
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So they do what they are told to do, even when the path is self-destructive.College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them
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Norquist did, though, candidly note that, “there are outliers always willing to give a self-destructive quotation.”The Gettysburg of the GOP Civil War
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Indeed, if this was self-destructive, then provoking another stand-off—during an election year, no less—would be suicidal.Finally! The Republican Fever Is Broken
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All Anarchy, by the nature of it, is not only destructive but self-destructive.The French Revolution
The infidelity of England is one of mere doubt and denial, a scepticism; which is in itself weak and self-destructive.Town and Country Sermons
It is a self-destructive dualism, a confessedly one-sided monism, agnostic as to the fundamental problem.
As her self-esteem grows, she comes to realize that her marriage is a self-destructive relationship and decides to divorce Fred.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
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