self-devouring love

Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Devouring one's self or itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Devouring one's self or itself.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Fact is, every year could use a top ten at the Oscars, if only because it seems that every year the Academy recognizes as many deserving as not, and the wide berth of this year's load feels more down-to-earth than the over-glorified five of the few years I can attest to witnessing this self-devouring debacle of Hollywood "What the H?"

    All that glitters

  • Maybe what has crept over you is only the hopeless truth behind your ecotourist pretenses, the knowledge that you would rather live with the self-devouring discontents of bad faith than chuck your comfort and your familiar life into the sea.

    MANUFACTURING DEPRESSION

  • But in opening up the mise en scène, the script sacrifices its tense momentum for a self-devouring circularity that keeps pulling away from the forward drive of the present tense.

    Sorry, Wrong Number

  • It is a frighteningly abject version of Hegel's own system, oblivious to the march of History, an astonishingly resilient and resistant form of physical being that preexists the dialectic, standing outside and yet inside at the same time, a state of exception that uncannily resembles Hegel's own devouring and self-devouring dialectic.

    Hegel on Buddhism

  • And I would say that in contrast, we could learn from the Skeptics, who originated the idea of relativism in the West: They saw that relativism is in the end self-devouring, because -- as in the case of our disgruntled anonymous poster -- skepticism can be dogmatic -- it can become its opposite.

    "Crap, here comes Teacher!"

  • This self-devouring destruction and dissection is thus a process that leads to the creation of humanity as it is today, still trapped in the same circular path.

    Jan Svankmajer shorts: The Ossuary; Dimensions of Dialogue

  • There is some slight contradiction in painting him at once deprived of vigor and self-devouring, but my surgeon Figuier asserts not that the serpents which he killed were self-devouring.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Films are our dreams and wishes, and Paprika's self-devouring chaos proves an inescapable journey down the rabbit hole of our collective yearning for meaning and truth.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • That the youthful seducer is not well manicured but a nail-biter with “gnawed strawberry hulls” only adds to her allure: In conjunction with her stained coat and unkempt hair, it gives her sexuality an unexpectedly squalid, self-devouring edge, especially when Will gets close enough to see that her nails are “bitten to the point of injury” so that her fingertips seem less chewed than “burned by corrupt explorations.”

    A Novel of Brotherly Betrayal, By a Sexpert on Family Matters

  • That the youthful seducer is not well manicured but a nail-biter with "gnawed strawberry hulls" only adds to her allure: In conjunction with her stained coat and unkempt hair, it gives her sexuality an unexpectedly squalid, self-devouring edge, especially when Will gets close enough to see that her nails are "bitten to the point of injury" so that her fingertips seem less chewed than "burned by corrupt explorations."

    A Novel of Brotherly Betrayal, By a Sexpert on Family Matters

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