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self-referential Syllabification: self-ref·er·en·tial
Pronunciation: /self ˌrefəˈren(t)SHəl/

Definition of self-referential in English:


1Making reference to itself or oneself.
1.1(Of a literary or other creative work) making reference to itself, its author or creator, or their other work: self-referential elements in Donne’s poems
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  • To put it another way, the work is self-referential to the extent that language and the poem are Pastior's only subjects.
  • They might begin to take note of the fact that their self-absorbed and self-referential works over the past two decades in particular have made almost no impact.
  • Moreover, our model adds a dimension that is not present in either Belting or Warburg: the idea of art as a self-staging and self-referential project.


Example sentences
  • Loop movement can run in various directions, can presuppose the autopoesis and self-reference, and is, therefore, the key feature of many new media devices, objects, and phenomena.
  • This name was widely adopted after the French conquest in 1898, yet it was never used by the people in question as a term of self-reference.
  • Seeking release from the concentrated confrontation the medium involved, he looked for self-references in landscape, which he presented in still photographs and slide projections.
Example sentences
  • Frank does not disappear to Florida, he evaporates in a plethora of textual self-consciousness and metafictional self-referentiality in which Ford writes Frank out of his own narrative.
  • With Joycean self-referentiality, the dedication in her later book alludes to the earliest of her published writing, when her essays were radically feminist and concerned with political and social ethics.
  • By tying Lizzie's claims to an object that she seems to despise, the novel emphasizes the self-referentiality of her desire.
Example sentences
  • There's no real way to use that self-referentially.
  • It was silly and vain, self-referentially clever and quite utterly ridiculous.
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