self-pity
noun Date: 1621 pity for oneself; especially a self-indulgent dwelling on one's own sorrows or misfortunes • self-pitying adjectiveself-pityingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Self-pity — is a 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… …   Wikipedia

  • self-pity — self pitying, adj. self pityingly, adv. /self pit ee, self /, n. pity for oneself, esp. 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. [1615 25] * *… …   Universalium

  • self-pity — 1620s, from SELF (Cf. self) + PITY (Cf. pity) …   Etymology dictionary

  • self-pity — [self′pit′ē] n. pity for oneself, esp. pity that is self indulgent or exaggerated …   English World dictionary

  • self-pity — n [U] the feeling of being sad and ↑depressed because you think that something unfair or unpleasant has happened to you used to show disapproval ▪ a note of self pity in her voice >self pitying adj ▪ a self pitying mood …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • self-pity — noun uncount the feeling that your situation is worse than other people s and that people should feel sad for you ╾ ,self pitying adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • self-pity — ► NOUN ▪ excessive concern with and unhappiness over one s own troubles. DERIVATIVES self pitying adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • self-pity — noun … OF SELF PITY ▪ wave ▪ He felt a sudden wave of self pity. VERB + SELF PITY ▪ wallow in ▪ She refused to wallow in self pity. PHRASES …   Collocations dictionary

  • self-pity — N UNCOUNT Self pity is a feeling of unhappiness that you have about yourself and your problems, especially when this is unnecessary or greatly exaggerated. I was unable to shake off my self pity... Throughout, he showed no trace of self pity …   English dictionary

  • self-pity — n. to indulge in self pity * * * [ˌself pɪtɪ] to indulge in self pity …   Combinatory dictionary

  • self-pity — noun (U) the feeling of being sorry for yourself because you have been unlucky or you think people have treated you badly: Stop wallowing in your own self pity and do something about it! self pitying adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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