Definition of self-referential in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɛlfrɛfəˈrɛnʃl/


(Especially 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
  • 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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