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self-reference

[ self-ref-er-uhns, -ref-ruhns ]
/ ˈsɛlfˈrɛf ər əns, -ˈrɛf rəns /
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noun
reference made to oneself, to one's own character or experience, or to a group with which one identifies.
Logic. the property of a statement that is a statement about itself, as “This statement is grammatical.”
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usage note for self-reference

Social, ethnic, or other groups often use terms of self-reference in a neutral, even affectionate or jocular way, much like nicknames. These self-referential terms function to reinforce solidarity among members of the group. However, when used by outsiders, these very same terms are perceived as offensive by those who belong to the group. Examples of self-referential terms are Canuck, chick, dyke, geek, nigger, queer.

OTHER WORDS FROM self-reference

self-ref·er·en·tial [self-ref-uh-ren-shuhl], /ˈsɛlfˌrɛf əˈrɛn ʃəl/, self-re·fer·ring [self-ri-fur-ing], /ˈsɛlf rɪˈfɜr ɪŋ/, adjectiveself-ref·er·en·tial·ly, adverb
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