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Princeton's WordNet

  1. self-pitynoun

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


  1. self-pitynoun

    A feeling of pity for oneself.


  1. Self-pity

    Self-pity is an emotion in which one feels self-centered sorrow and pity toward the self in regards to one's own internal and external experiences of suffering. Self-pity has also been defined as an emotion "directed towards others with the goal of attracting attention, empathy, or help"


  1. self-pity

    Self-pity is a feeling of excessive or self-absorbed unhappiness or misery usually resulting from an overwhelming belief that one is a victim or has suffered more than others, often ignoring the situations of others. It typically involves a focus on personal misfortunes with little regard for perspective or comparison relative to others' situations.


  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.

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  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

Examples of self-pity in a Sentence

  1. André Maurois:

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

  2. Trevor Wilkinson:

    I personally am not a fan of self pity, but it's hard being gay in West Texas sometimes and I never want to go back to where I was not even two years ago, so what I paint my nails sometimes ? I look and feel good while doing it.

  3. James Stewart:

    The true Christian reaction to suffering and sorrow is not the attitude of self-pity, fatalism or resentment; it is the spirit which takes life's difficulties as a God given opportunity, and regards its troubles as a sacred trust, and wears the thorns as a crown.

  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 non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.

Translations for self-pity

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

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1 Comment
  • Juan Moreno
    Juan Moreno
    don't feel for myself only pissed off that I can't work at this Asian store cuz some old Chinese knows me very good and I never met the man.only Chinese I know is BRUCE LEE. Satan at his best.Just cuz people got it made and I don't doesn't give them a reason put me down.Remember Jesus took outcasts as his followers. 
    LikeReply 410 years ago

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