self-abasement love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Degradation or humiliation of oneself, especially because of feelings of guilt or inferiority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Self-punishment in order to atone for some real or imagined wrongdoing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Degradation of one's self by one's own act.
  • n. Humiliation or abasement proceeding from consciousness of inferiority, guilt, or shame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Abasement or humiliation proceeding from guilt, shame, or consciousness of unworthiness.
  • n. Degradation of one's self by one's own act.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing


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self- + abase + -ment, equivalent to self- +‎ abasement


  • Europe's self-abasement comes just weeks after the last round of Eurozone crisis mismanagement.

    Europe Doesn't Need China's Money

  • If Gervais has the biggest head in comedy, Merchant now establishes himself as the king of self-abasement.

    Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies – review

  • Or inspire some awful comparison bug that would cause us all to sink into a miserable heap of self-abasement?

    Whoa. Wait a Second. A Decade? Really? I Didn’t Even Realize… « Looking for Roots

  • It's a tribute to the filmmakers' verve that they've kept the sex scenes funny—extremely funny—since what we're seeing is sheer self-abasement.

    'Bridesmaids' Catches the Bouquet

  • It was as if they wanted to punish me for not falling over in praise of the self-abasement they wanted me to portray as their muse, or something.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Appeasement and compromise will turn enemies into friends, if groveling and self-abasement do not first drive friends into the enemy camp.

    Farewell to America's China Station

  • Audacity often brought rewards; self-abasement seldom did.

    red dust

  • "Questions of personal pride; prejudices such as exist elsewhere against certain forms of self-abasement; personal feelings of tiredness, disgust and shame -- are to be cut off root and branch ..."


  • Self - interest, fear of physical pain, drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement.

    Where's the show?

  • Bernard Lewis, a Middle East historian and adviser to the Bush administration on its failed Iraq policy, received widespread coverage when he chided Europeans for losing their loyalties, self-confidence, and respect for their own culture, charging that they have "surrendered" to Islam in a mood of "self-abasement," "political correctness," and "multi-culturalism."

    John L. Esposito: Are Swiss Alps Threatened by Minarets?


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