from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Self-destruction.
- n. Loss of self-awareness, as in a mystical state.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Annihilation by one's own acts; annihilation of one's desires.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of killing yourself
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In Brandon's case, a conflicted search for pleasure and self-annihilation may be leading him toward the latter because, for reasons unspecified though implied, he can't open himself to the former.
This is the behavior of someone with a subliminal desire for total self-annihilation.
It is a stubborn thing resisting the call to self-annihilation, deadening pain, and compromising with what is simply wrong.
Those who weather the storm sometimes emerge as people of talent and creativity; the birth of creativity can come from the risk of intense self-annihilation.
Is there a connection between an unexamined life and the pull of self-annihilation?
I became a voracious reader of the literature on the act of self-annihilation.
It is in the light of this possibility of self-annihilation that we suddently find ourselves most vulnerable and wanting.
The most in the sense that I reveal the utter irrationality and humiliating self-annihilation of my obsessive love affair.
And this is the sense in which denial is constitutive of the company, a built-in feature that cannot be acknowledged by any of the major players because self-annihilation would be the result.
The reason we are not being asked on Colbert etc. is that in Crossing Zero we question the very nature of the use of force itself and its failure to accomplish anything, a question that a career military man cannot indulge in publicly in any event without risking self-annihilation.