[self-uh-byoos, self-]

Origin of self-abuse

First recorded in 1595–1605 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for self-abuse


  1. disparagement or misuse of one's own abilities, etc
  2. a censorious term for masturbationSee masturbation
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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).

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self-abuse in Medicine


  1. Abuse of oneself or one's abilities.
  2. Masturbation.
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