Meaning of self-combust in English:

self-combust

Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfkəmˈbʌst/

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verb

  • 1To catch fire or burn without (apparent) external cause; to undergo self-combustion.

  • 2Figurative and in figurative contexts. To undergo destruction from within; to be overwhelmed or consumed by strong emotions.

Origin

1960s. From self- + combust, after self-combustion.