Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Pity for oneself, especially exaggerated or self-indulgent pity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Pity on one's self.

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  • noun A feeling of pity for oneself.

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

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

Etymologies

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self- +‎ pity

Examples

  • Then she sighed deeply and took on an expression of self-pity.

    All That Glitters

  • Then she sighed deeply and took on an expression of self-pity.

    All That Glitters

  • Because of the unfairness, the person’s attitude often deteriorates into self-pity, which is a particularly difficult perspective to reverse.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • Because of the unfairness, the person’s attitude often deteriorates into self-pity, which is a particularly difficult perspective to reverse.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • Because of the unfairness, the person’s attitude often deteriorates into self-pity, which is a particularly difficult perspective to reverse.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • Because of the unfairness, the person’s attitude often deteriorates into self-pity, which is a particularly difficult perspective to reverse.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • LBJ had more than a little self-pity, a feeling that he was a poor kid from the South and the elite that ran the country never respected him.

    The Good Fight

  • LBJ had more than a little self-pity, a feeling that he was a poor kid from the South and the elite that ran the country never respected him.

    The Good Fight

  • LBJ had more than a little self-pity, a feeling that he was a poor kid from the South and the elite that ran the country never respected him.

    The Good Fight

  • He became ill years ago and successfully managed that illness without much self-pity and died with courage and grace.

    Dr. Jane Aronson: The Death of a Mentor

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  • "Self-pity is the worst poverty; it is the source of all unhappiness and blinds man to all he should be thankful for. The constantly complaining habit and the tendency to demand sympathy from others bring the greatest thorn into man's life: he becomes dependent upon the sympathy of others."

    - Samuel L. Lewis.

    September 2, 2008