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Cynicism is the easiest of all reactions, right? But it's also so disappointing and self-defeating.
Chris Hadfield

Meaning of "self-defeating" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SELF-DEFEATING

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SELF-DEFEATING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Self-Defeating is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES SELF-DEFEATING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of self-defeating in the English dictionary

The definition of self-defeating in the dictionary is unable to achieve the intended result.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SELF-DEFEATING

self-deceit
self-deception
self-deceptive
self-declared
self-defence
self-defense
self-defensive
self-delusion
self-denial
self-denying
self-denyingly
self-deprecating
self-deprecatingly
self-deprecatory
self-depreciating
self-destruct
self-destruction
self-destructive
self-determination
self-determined

WORDS THAT END LIKE SELF-DEFEATING

accounting
beating
boating
calculating
cheating
coating
communicating
dating
decorating
eating
fascinating
floating
frustrating
heating
incorporating
operating
rating
rotating
seating
skating
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Synonyms and antonyms of self-defeating in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «self-defeating» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SELF-DEFEATING

Find out the translation of self-defeating to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of self-defeating from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «self-defeating» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

弄巧成拙
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

autodestructiva
570 millions of speakers

English

self-defeating
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

स्वयं को हराने
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

الهزيمة الذاتية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

обречена на провал
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

auto-destrutivo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্ব-পরাজিত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

vouée à l´échec
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mengalahkan diri sendiri
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

unsinnig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

自滅的な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

자멸
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ngalahake dhewe
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tự chuốc lấy thất bại
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சுய தோற்கடித்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्वत: ची पराभव
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Özyıkım
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

controproducente
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

autodestrukcyjne
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

приречена на провал
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

autodistructive
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αυτοκαταστροφική
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

self- defeating
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

självförgörande
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

selvødeleggende
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of self-defeating

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DEFEATING»

The term «self-defeating» is regularly used and occupies the 84.057 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SELF-DEFEATING» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about self-defeating

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10 QUOTES WITH «SELF-DEFEATING»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word self-defeating.
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Renata Adler
It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.
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Mika Brzezinski
I think women have a hard time not apologizing their way into negotiations. We tend to back in to these conversations in a self-deprecating and ultimately self-defeating way.
3
P. Chidambaram
Today, to allege corruption seems to be the pastime of most people. All kinds of allegations are leveled. I think it is self-defeating.
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Henry Flynt
When somebody says that all statements are false, the obvious problem is that as an assertion it's self-defeating.
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Carlos Salinas de Gortari
Isolation is a self-defeating dream.
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Chris Hadfield
Cynicism is the easiest of all reactions, right? But it's also so disappointing and self-defeating.
7
Vernon Howard
All forms of self-defeating behavior are unseen and unconscious, which is why their existence is denied.
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Michael Landon
Dreaming is one thing, and working towards the dream is one thing, but working with expectations in mind is very self-defeating.
9
Susan Rice
Legislation that would withhold funding for the United Nations is fundamentally flawed in concept and practice, sets us back, is self-defeating, and doesn't work.
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Sharon Salzberg
Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patterns for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SELF-DEFEATING»

Discover the use of self-defeating in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to self-defeating and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Get Out of Your Own Way: Overcoming Self-Defeating Behavior
An authoritative guide shares practical advice designed to help readers overcome self-defeating behaviors--including procrastination, obsession, self-pity, rebellion, and guilt--to effectively cope with the challenges and difficulties of ...
Mark Goulston, Philip Goldberg, 1996
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Self-Defeating Behaviors: Free Yourself from the Habits, ...
A guide to freeing ourselves from the inappropriate and crippling behaviors that sabotage our success.
Milton R. Cudney, 1993
3
Taming Your Outer Child: A Revolutionary Program to Overcome ...
FINALLY, THE BREAKTHROUGH BOOK THAT PUTS YOU BACK IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE Most of us have met our Outer Child once too often.
Susan Anderson, 2011
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Mind Whispering: A New Map to Freedom from Self-Defeating ...
"The road in life forks in every moment, with one path leading toward confusion, separateness, and entanglement, and the other toward clarity, connection, and mental freedom. With mind whispering, the choice can be ours.
Tara Bennett-Goleman, 2013
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Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating ...
Within the pages of this transformational book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change the self-defeating thinking patterns that have prevented you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness, and health.
Wayne W. Dyer, 2009
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Taming Your Inner Brat: A Guide for Transforming ...
. . . Which leaves just one question, answered in this new edition: “Now that I’ve tamed my own inner brat, what do I do about people who haven’t tamed theirs?”
Pauline Wallin, 2012
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Your own worst enemy: understanding the paradox of ...
The book reveals the intricate gamesmanship behind self-defeat - including self-handicapping, trade-offs, and Pyrrhic revenge - and shows what forces fuel self-destructive urges, how people become vulnerable to them, and how to minimize ...
Steven Berglas, Roy F. Baumeister, 1993
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From Sabotage to Success: How to Overcome Self-Defeating ...
This book is infused with inspiring personal stories of how she overcame addiction, abusive relationships and poverty. This book can give you a sense of hope that change is possible for you.
Sheri O. Zampelli, 2002
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The Hidden Addiction: Behind Shoplifting and Other ...
This book describes how to turn self-defeating behaviors into self-nourishing behaviors.
Peter Berlin, 2013
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Life's Too Short: Pull the Plug on Self-defeating Behavior ...
The author of When Do the Good Things Start? examines the painful impact of low self-esteem and a poor self-image, explaining how to identify negative behavior patterns and develop the confidence and self-awareness to overcome them.
Abraham J. Twerski, 1995

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SELF-DEFEATING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term self-defeating is used in the context of the following news items.
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Lebanon's Self-Defeating Survival Strategies
Lebanon survives against all odds in a troubled environment thanks to a remarkable immune system, but that resilience has become an excuse for a ... «International Crisis Group, Jul 15»
2
Carly Fiorina: America's Corporate Tax Rate Is 'Self-Defeating'
“It's self-defeating that we have the highest business tax rate in the world,” said Fiorina at a business roundtable here. Money, jobs, profits and business can go ... «Daily Signal, Jul 15»
3
The Self-Defeating Russia Sanctions
In the geopolitical arena, do the ends always justify the means? Is it wise to inflict damage on yourself and your institutions to hobble an enemy? The relationship ... «The National Interest Online, Jul 15»
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Lust for blood and thunder is self-defeating
Amid the fascinating torrent of views about the failings of British football by Gordon Strachan on these pages the other day, it was almost a throwaway remark. «The Times, Jun 15»
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Moscow's Self-Defeating Data-Control Law
Pointless or even self-defeating measures are not new with the Ukraine crisis. In 2013, even before the tit-for-tat sanctions war with the west over Moscow's ... «Forbes, Jun 15»
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Christie's self-defeating posture on immigration
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke at a Latino Coalition summit yesterday, and as msnbc's Aliyah Frumin reported, he took a not-so-subtle shot at his own ... «MSNBC, Jun 15»
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Iron ore rally short-lived and self-defeating: Goldman Sachs
Miners and Australian equities investors may have rejoiced when the iron ore prices rallied in April but their relief will be short-lived as the price will inevitably ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 15»
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Vanity Fair's Self-Defeating Jenner Photo
Vanity Fair's Self-Defeating Jenner Photo. 0. Vanity Fair. by Ben Shapiro2 Jun 20150. Caitlyn Jenner and Vanity Fair Went to Extreme Lengths to Keep Shoot ... «Breitbart News, Jun 15»
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Goldman Sees Oil at $45 by October After 'Self-Defeating' Rally
“We find that the global market imbalances are in fact not solved and believe that the rally will prove self-defeating as it undermines the nascent rebalancing.”. «Bloomberg, May 15»
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Five arguments against the self-defeating secrecy of the Trans …
If you think that getting fast-track authority from Congress to negotiate trade agreements is hard, just wait for the deal that it is designed to pass. The Trans-Pacific ... «FT.com, May 15»

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