Definition of auto-destruct in English:

auto-destruct

noun

figurative
  • The state or process of self-destruction; a function, setting, etc., which brings this about. Chiefly figurative.

verb

  • no object Of a thing: to destroy itself automatically, especially when preset to do so; = "self-destruct".

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The New York Magazine. From auto- + destruct, after auto-destruction, auto-destructive<br>1970s; earliest use found in New Leader. From auto- + destruct.

Pronunciation

auto-destruct

/ˌɔːtə(ʊ)dɪˈstrʌkt/