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Definition of "self-gratification" [self-gratification]

  • The act of giving oneself pleasure or of satisfying one's own desires. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "self-gratification" in a sentence
  • "But if the feeling makes us push forward an agenda of self-gratification, then it's simply appetite."
  • "But sadly, when it comes to facing challenges in relationships, our culture today makes it easy to focus on the short term, seeking self-gratification rather than considering the long-term value of the investment made in that relationship."
  • "Usually done for rhetorical effect and/or ludic self-gratification, this is a common characteristic in the arguments of language geeks and can be considered their natural form of “geeking out”."