- to destroy itself automatically: a missile designed to self-destruct
- to greatly harm oneself or itself, specif. as the result of inherent or fundamental flaws
intransitive verbself-de·struct·ed, self-de·struct·ing, self-de·structs
Origin of self-destructBack-formation from self-destruction
(third-person singular simple present self-destructs, present participle self-destructing, simple past and past participle self-destructed)
- To destroy oneself.
self- +"Ž destruct