Definition of self-destructive in US English:



  • Destroying or causing serious harm to oneself.

    • ‘By then our four European clubs should, barring any self-destructive bunglings, still be in their respective competitions.’
    • ‘He was the classic, self-destructive nihilist.’
    • ‘The emotional harm is demonstrated by self-destructive or aggressive behaviour or delayed development.’
    • ‘The attempt to prove otherwise is self-destructive.’
    • ‘Any murmurs of discontent at another apparently self-destructive week had disappeared into cheers inside four minutes.’
    • ‘Was there ever any point where Hicks seemed self-destructive?’
    • ‘A good shrink might argue, for example, that Scots seem not to like themselves very much, at least if their self-destructive streak is anything to go by.’
    • ‘Though such behaviour often turned out to be self-destructive, that didn't prevent stars from replicating Chaplin's actions.’
    • ‘In fact, a welfare-department worker might do harm even beyond providing money to fuel self-destructive behavior.’
    • ‘Full of self-loathing, she became self-destructive and promiscuous.’
    • ‘It's only a matter of time before she goes and spoils it all with an act of self-destructive petulance or a complete misreading of a perfectly innocent situation.’
    • ‘Lighting up showed defiance, depression, anti-social or self-destructive behaviour, humour and, in at least one case, great irony.’
    • ‘One sibling's hard-partying, self-destructive lifestyle makes the other despair, but the pair are making too much money to cut each other off completely.’
    • ‘If the self-destructive urge to have one more pointless leadership change were not enough there are now influential voices calling for the disbanding of the party.’
    • ‘It moves from an intimate, haunting ballad to a swirling finale as the lyrics crawl to a climax of battered resignation in the face of a lover's self-destructive descent into drugs.’
    • ‘It was playground pettiness, grotesquely selfish folly that was not only self-destructive but bound to do serious damage to the interests of his team.’
    • ‘While he's crucial to the survival of the paper, his self-destructive tendencies and his cynicism destroy him.’
    • ‘What if the very ‘fact’ of progress is ultimately self-destructive?’
    • ‘The star recently confessed how he was almost driven to suicide at the height of his self-destructive phase - but he was saved at the eleventh hour by a priest.’
    • ‘Moreover, he says, it looks as if African nationalism is bent on the same self-destructive trajectory as its predecessor.’



/ˈˌself dēˈstrəktiv/