Definition of self-pity in English:

self-pity

noun

mass noun
  • Excessive, self-absorbed unhappiness over one's own troubles.

    ‘he seems to be wallowing in self-pity’
    ‘I'm feeling deeply ashamed for having given way to despair and self-pity’
    • ‘I didn't want to wallow in self-pity or martyr myself on stage.’
    • ‘She wallowed in self-pity for what seemed like hours, but after a while that sadness turned to anger.’
    • ‘He has reached a level of self-pity that constitutes clinical depression.’
    • ‘If the TV moguls are right and we only want to watch miserable people wallowing in self-pity, then why not simply watch the news?’
    • ‘Whatever it is, the very fact that you are facing the problem is a more positive step than to simply wallow in self-pity.’
    • ‘There wasn't time for sentiment or wallowing in self-pity.’
    • ‘He's just your average alcoholic who wallows in self-pity and drinks every spare penny I can earn.’
    • ‘He placed a hand on his shoulder, as the younger man bent his head in sadness, and self-pity.’
    • ‘McCarthy need not have worried, because this film is devoid of self-pity or false sentimentality.’
    • ‘Chris is still wallowing in self-pity and does not even seem to notice anything.’
    • ‘My daughter suggested that I was wallowing in self-pity and should just get out more.’
    • ‘As these sad thoughts linger, I realise I've started to sink in a deep hole of self-pity and depression.’
    • ‘British rock has always been superb for a good wallow in self-pity, but constant whining eventually loses its charm.’
    • ‘Still, we mustn't let ourselves wallow in self-pity, that's never been the right way to handle a broken love affair.’
    • ‘Luckily, several of the speakers save the saga from wallowing in self-pity.’
    • ‘However, rather than wallow in self-pity the reality TV star accepted her illness as a way of her life balancing itself out.’
    • ‘I think that I avoided self-pity and sentimentality about it because I didn't feel that way about it.’
    • ‘I even tried to cry thinking that a nice wallow in self-pity would do me good.’
    • ‘Marie lay in her bed well into the afternoon, wallowing in anger and self-pity.’
    • ‘I spent the day under a cloud of self-pity and maudlin nostalgia.’

Pronunciation

self-pity

/ˌsɛlfˈpɪti/