What does Self-pity mean?

Definitions for Self-pity

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-pity(noun)

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


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Self-pity in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Self-pity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen Vincent Benet:

    Honesty rare as a man without self-pity, kinders as large and plain as a prairie wind.

  2. Helen Keller:

    Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.

  3. André Maurois:

    Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.

  4. Millicent Fenwick:

    Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.

  5. John W. Gardner:

    Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.

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Translations for Self-pity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الشفقة على الذاتArabic
  • sebelítost, bolestínstvíCzech
  • SelbstmitleidGerman
  • μεμψιμοιρία, αυτολύπησηGreek
  • autocompasiónSpanish
  • itsesääliFinnish
  • apitoiement sur soi-mêmeFrench
  • स्वंय पर दयाHindi
  • sjálfsmeðaumkun, sjálfsvorkunnIcelandic
  • zelfbeklag, zelfmedelijdenDutch

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