• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-abasement voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Self-abasement Degradation of one's self by one's own act.
    • Self-abasement Humiliation or abasement proceeding from consciousness of inferiority, guilt, or shame.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-abasement Abasement or humiliation proceeding from guilt, shame, or consciousness of unworthiness.
    • n self-abasement Degradation of one's self by one's own act.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Self-abasement abasement through consciousness of unworthiness
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

Still, when he spoke of himself as man, he used the strongest terms of self-abasement.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The girl was always on guard; he could make no apology; he could hope from no self-abasement to win her faith.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
Recognising that my humility was sincere, he desired me to continue my confession on condition that I realised my own self-abasement.
"Balthasar" by Anatole France
We adjutants about the palace are not much given to self-abasement of any sort.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
But in all her self-abasement and distress of mind Viva Winthrop was clear-headed on the question of the dissolution of that engagement.
"A War-Time Wooing" by Charles King
Theodora's sorrow and shame were intense; intense, too, was her power of self-abasement.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
Her heart was in a tumult of grief and self-abasement.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
The giant groaned in self-abasement, and beat his chest with his great fists.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Then he spoke, and a feeling of self-abasement was reflected in his words.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
There was a look of self-abasement, of shame and sorrow in his attitude inexplicable to Cynthia.
"A Life Sentence" by Adeline Sergeant
This was so new to her that she sank down upon the floor in utter despair and self-abasement.
"Anne" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Other people, when detected, show some sense of shame and self-abasement.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
She felt stunned with self-abasement and misery.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
The effects of his self-abasement and the strong liquor had worn away.
"The Mystery of Evelin Delorme" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Peggy's cutting and just rebuke roused my pride, and filled me with self-abasement at the same instant.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
It did not need much self-abasement to accord her the superiority.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
Laurence took the miniature in his hand, and considered it closely, with a twinge of self-abasement.
"The Gateless Barrier" by Lucas Malet
In the cloister self-respect is an offence, and self-abasement the order of the day.
"The Twickenham Peerage" by Richard Marsh
A groan burst from his lips, and he writhed in his self-abasement.
"The Walking Delegate" by Leroy Scott
That phrase was a biblical one, used by a character in his moment of self-abasement.
"The Bible and Life" by Edwin Holt Hughes

In poetry:

Alas! a deeper test of faith
Than prison cell or martyr's stake,
The self-abasing watchfulness
Of silent prayer may make.
"The Cypress-Tree Of Ceylon" by John Greenleaf Whittier
If, haply such the fair Judean finds,
Self-knowledge wept the abasing truth to know;
And innate Pride, that queen of noble minds,
Crushed them indignant ere a bud could grow.
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks