- 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
A mechanism for causing a device to destroy itself.
intransitive verbself-de·struct·ed, self-de·struct·ing, self-de·structs
To destroy oneself or itself: “died at 28, wasted from years of self-destructing on drugs” (Jack Kroll).
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