[ self-pit-ee, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈpɪt i, ˈsɛlf- /


pity for oneself, especially a self-indulgent attitude concerning one's own difficulties, hardships, etc.: We must resist yielding to self-pity and carry on as best we can.

Origin of self-pity

First recorded in 1615–25

Related forms

self-pit·y·ing, adjectiveself-pit·y·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for self-pity



the act or state of pitying oneself, esp in an exaggerated or self-indulgent manner

Derived Forms

self-pitying, adjectiveself-pityingly, adverb
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