self-deficient

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

self- +‎ deficient

Adjective[edit]

self-deficient (comparative more self-deficient, superlative most self-deficient)

  1. deficient in itself; not whole or complete; lacking
    • 1991, Harold Barrett, Rhetoric and Civility: Human Development, Narcissism, and the Good Audience
      It was a self-deficient people with whom the self-deficient Hitler achieved that peculiar empathy: a resonance of injured self on injured self. Both shamed, they became united.
    • 2014, Leroy Robinson, Jr., Proceedings of the 2009 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference
      Importantly, however, researchers and philosophers contend that the ego that is created is not who an individual actually is since the ego erroneously believes that the true nature of oneself is self-deficient.