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self-pity

A mental defense mechanism involving self-blame, negativism, feelings of rejection, worthlessness, hopelessness, or isolation.
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Before he died, Moat self-pityingly whined that he did what he did because he never had a father.
I can't believe I'm going to have to look after animals," she honks self-pityingly.
"I think every day, what more could I have done?" she wails self-pityingly. It's not what "more" she could have done.
Having secured a huge amount of free publicity in this way, and some very lucrative advance block bookings from Christian fundamentalist groups, Gibson now talks self-pityingly about how he has risked his fortune and his career, but doesn't care if he "never works again" because he's done it all for Jesus.
He whines self-pityingly that life has been so tough for him that he had to check into a clinic in Arizona.
So next time you walk into the pub after work, don't be surprised if you spot a sleazy middle-manager whispering self-pityingly to the keyboard,
Apart from endearing himself to George Brown, where would someone who gets pissed at parties and rants self-pityingly at journalists have slotted in among such people?