Definition of self-critical in US English:



  • Critical of oneself, one's abilities, or one's actions in a self-aware or unduly disapproving manner.

    ‘she felt miserably self-critical for her reluctance to go’
    • ‘The passive-negative techniques can be said to identify a pessimistic, anxious, passive and self-critical stance, according to the authors of the study.’
    • ‘He is shy, obsessive, self-critical to the point of parody, and liable to spontaneously combust when confronted by anyone who fails to meet his standards.’
    • ‘Although the party lost its government majority in elections in September and its chairman at the beginning of November, the conference was characterised by demonstrative unanimity, instead of any critical or self-critical debate.’
    • ‘The trouble is that I can't tell which kind of procrastination it is while I'm in the midst of it, because my self-critical faculty almost always overrides my more nuanced understanding of how I work.’
    • ‘Most languages have some self-critical locution, usually a wordplay or neologism, to indicate typical national defects.’
    • ‘You could say we are hard on ourselves and self-critical.’
    • ‘Notice if your body talk is negative, self-critical, objective or neutral.’
    • ‘To be self-critical for a moment, I think it's a bit blurry.’
    • ‘Reading back on that makes the self-critical side of me want to beat myself up with a metal rod.’
    • ‘He could not have done more, except score, and being as self-critical as he is, he might reflect on his one chance and chastise himself again.’
    • ‘She thinks that most girls, even those who consider themselves to be very successful, are very self-critical.’
    • ‘A more self-critical person than me is difficult to imagine.’
    • ‘What the ‘hero’ discovers is that everyone recites the same self-critical, damaging internal monologue in which they excoriate themselves for their inadequacies.’



/ˈˌself ˈkridəkəl//ˈˌsɛlf ˈkrɪdəkəl/