One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The state or process of self-destruction; a function, setting, etc., which brings this about. Chiefly figurative.
no object Of a thing: to destroy itself automatically, especially when preset to do so; = "self-destruct".
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.
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