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[self-in-flik-tid, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪnˈflɪk tɪd, ˌsɛlf-/
inflicted by oneself upon oneself:
a self-inflicted wound.
Origin of self-inflicted
First recorded in 1775-85
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self-infliction, noun Unabridged
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  • But I do not think I need tell you, little son, of these self-inflicted humiliations and degradations.

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
  • The best we could reasonably wish for was death in combat, or self-inflicted.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • The long years of self-inflicted imprisonment had left her with no vitality to resist, and the disease was making rapid progress.

    Notable Women Of Modern China Margaret E. Burton
  • It may, of course, be admitted that some of this strain and drive is self-inflicted.

    Women in Modern Industry B. L. Hutchins
  • Five long and fateful years had rolled up the self-inflicted sacrifices of the man from Kankakee.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
British Dictionary definitions for self-inflicted


(of an injury) having been inflicted on oneself by oneself
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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