Definitions for Self-pity

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. pity for oneself, esp. a self-indulgent attitude concerning one's own difficulties.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-pity(noun)

    a feeling of sorrow (often self-indulgent) over your own sufferings

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. self-pity(noun)ˈsɛlf lɪs

    the feeling that you are in a much worse situation than you deserve to be

    to wallow in self-pity


  1. self-pity(Noun)

    A feeling of pity for oneself.


  1. Self-pity

    Self-pity is the psychological state of mind of an individual in perceived adverse situations who has not accepted the situation and does not have the confidence nor ability to cope with it. It is characterized by a person's belief that he or she is the victim of events and is therefore deserving of condolence. Self-pity is generally regarded as a negative emotion in that it does not generally help deal with adverse situations. However, in a social context, it may result in either the offering of sympathy or advice. Self-pity may be considered normal, and in certain circumstances healthy, so long as it is transitory and leads to either acceptance or a determination to change the situation.

Translations for Self-pity

From our Multilingual Dictionary

  • sebelítost, bolestínstvíCzech
  • SelbstmitleidGerman
  • μεμψιμοιρία, αυτολύπησηGreek
  • itsesääliFinnish
  • apitoiement sur soi-mêmeFrench
  • sjálfsmeðaumkun, sjálfsvorkunnIcelandic
  • zelfbeklag, zelfmedelijdenDutch


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