Definition of self-contempt in English:



  • Contempt or loathing for oneself or one's actions.

    ‘they expressed self-contempt for having wasted so many hours in front of the idiot box’
    • ‘At the same time, if moral guidance is itself morally repugnant, then self-contempt is equally as abhorrent.’
    • ‘Self-righteousness is a manifestation of self-contempt.’
    • ‘His unbalanced self-esteem gradually turned into self-contempt.’
    • ‘Poverty syndromes and national self-contempt are widespread throughout the region.’
    • ‘The result is a mingled feeling of sorrow, shame and self-contempt.’
    • ‘Thus group self-contempt went hand in hand with group self-love, and especially that aspect of it that tried to ‘externalise’ its altruistic tendencies.’
    • ‘Sylvia noted with dissatisfaction and some self-contempt that the course of her next afternoon's ramble took her instinctively clear of the network of woods.’
    • ‘They may not realize how close self-satisfaction is to self-contempt.’
    • ‘His soul cried out in protest at the very thought, yet even as it did, another part of him writhed in self-contempt.’
    • ‘Multiply self-contempt a million times, and you have the widespread alienation that marks society today.’
    • ‘You can witness the self-contempt in his diaries.’



/ˈˌself kənˈtem(p)t/ /ˈˌsɛlf kənˈtɛm(p)t/