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[self-uh-byoos, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˈbyus, ˌsɛlf-/
reproach or blame of oneself.
abuse of one's health.
Origin of self-abuse
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A girl of nine years was brought to my office addicted to self-abuse.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • self-abuse in one or another form is as common in the case of the girl as in that of the boy.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • What effect will a period of self-abuse have upon ones offspring?

  • The young patients are going crazy, but not because of self-abuse.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • It is a fact that the large majority of boys acquire the habit of self-abuse at some time.

  • It is the same with self-abuse, many children do things like this thoughtlessly.

    Herself E. B. Lowry
  • It is self-abuse that leads gradually to the production of pain in defloration.

  • They attribute it all to self-abuse, which he has admitted practicing from an early age.

  • Girls who have formed vicious habits are apt to indulge in the practice of self-abuse at night when going to bed.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • The effects of self-abuse upon woman, is as disastrous as masturbation upon males.

    Plain Talks on Avoided Subjects Henry Newell Guernsey
British Dictionary definitions for self-abuse


disparagement or misuse of one's own abilities, etc
a censorious term for masturbation See masturbation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-abuse

c.1600, "self-deception," from self- + abuse (n.). As a synonym for "masturbation," it is recorded from 1728; an earlier term was self-pollution (1620s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-abuse in Medicine

self-abuse n.

  1. Abuse of oneself or one's abilities.

  2. Masturbation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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